Havoc, in Its Third Year

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Bloomsbury, 2004 - Coroners - 244 pages
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This book brings the history of John Brigges - a governor who has kept away from intrigues to work on his farm and be with his wife, now expecting their first child. He is also a catholic man. When he is called to settle the murder of a new-born child, Brigges finds himself drawn into matters he wants to avoid. Katherine Shay, an Irishwoman, is accused of killing her baby. Brigges wants to wait for more evidence. The ascendant Puritan faction, however, demand her immediate hanging. Brigges suspects their haste has little to do with their talk of justice. In the background, a rebellion is brewing. Only Brigges - and his investigation - can change the tide. Torn between home and the world, haunted by the mystery of Katharine Shay, he must finally make a stand.

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User Review  - smik - LibraryThing

Set in Northern England, in a town that at times almost seems as if it must be London, in what the author claims is the 1630s, HAVOC in its third year gives a grim picture of a disintegrating society ... Read full review

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User Review  - bhowell - LibraryThing

John Brigge is the coroner and a governer of a small city in northern England in 1630. On a cold winter day he is called to investigate the death of a newborn baby and to establish the guilt of it's ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Ronan Bennett was brought up in Belfast. Having personal experience of arrests, imprisonments and trials, he became fascinated with the operation of the criminal justice system and miscarriages of justice. He completed a PhD entitled Enforcing the Law in Revolutionary England: 1640-1660. He is the author of three books, The Second Prison, Overthrown by Strangers and most recently the hugely acclaimed The Catastrophist (shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Novel Award). He has also written screenplays for film and television. Ronan Bennett lives in London with his family.

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