The English Monster: Or, The Melancholy Transactions of William Ablass
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - blodeuedd - LibraryThing
I am a bit torn since I liked one part of the book better than the other part. The other part was still good, but not for me. Let me explain: In 1811 Charles Horton investigates the slaughter of two ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pierthinker - LibraryThing
Shepherd uses the real Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811 and the emergence of police detection as the core of this original and exciting thriller. He cleverly weaves this with a story from the very ... Read full review