The English Monster: Or, The Melancholy Transactions of William Ablass

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Simon and Schuster, May 29, 2012 - Fiction - 423 pages
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A page-turning historical thriller combining two tales that ultimately converge: the investigation into a brutal series of murders in 1811 London and the seafaring adventures of a young man in Elizabethan England.

Two moments in England’s rise to empire, separated by centuries, yet connected by a crime that cannot be forgiven . . .

London, 1811. Along the twisting streets of Wapping, bounded by the ancient Ratcliffe Highway and the modern wonder of the London Dock, many a sin is hidden by the noise and glory of Trade. But now two families have fallen victim to foul murder, and Charles Horton, a senior officer of the newly formed Thames River Police Office, must deliver revenge to a terrified populace.

Plymouth, 1564. Young Billy Ablass arrives in the busy seaport with the burning desire of all young men: the getting and keeping of money. Setting sail on a ship owned by Queen Elizabeth herself seems the likely means to a better life. But the kidnapping of hundreds of human souls in Africa is not the only cursed event to occur on England’s first official slaving voyage. On a sun-blasted Florida islet, Billy too is to be enslaved.

Based on the true story of the gruesome Ratcliffe Highway murders, The English Monster is a breathtaking voyage across centuries, from the Age of Discovery to the Age of Empire, illuminating what happens to Britain as she gains global power but risks losing her soul.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
20
Section 4
36
Section 5
44
Section 6
58
Section 7
77
Section 8
90
Section 21
251
Section 22
259
Section 23
268
Section 24
274
Section 25
281
Section 26
293
Section 27
308
Section 28
322

Section 9
101
Section 10
109
Section 11
122
Section 12
134
Section 13
151
Section 14
165
Section 15
170
Section 16
183
Section 17
196
Section 18
211
Section 19
222
Section 20
227
Section 29
327
Section 30
338
Section 31
346
Section 32
361
Section 33
373
Section 34
378
Section 35
391
Section 36
411
Section 37
416
Section 38
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Lloyd Shepherd is a former journalist and digital producer who has worked for the Guardian, Channel 4, the BBC, and Yahoo. He lives in South London with his family. The English Monster is his first novel.

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