Bellman & Black: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 5, 2013 - Fiction - 328 pages
87 Reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author

“An astonishing work of genius.”—Bookreporter.com

“Magically transformative.”—Bookpage

Can one moment in time haunt you forever?

From the instant #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale comes a “poetic and mysterious” (Booklist) story that will haunt you to your very core.

Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don’t forget…

Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.

And Bellman & Black is born.
 

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User Review  - HunyBadger - LibraryThing

It could easily have been a fantastic short story, finished in 3500 words and should have been. As a lover of The Thirteenth Tale, I wanted more but I easily could have accepted this as an entirely ... Read full review

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User Review  - irregularreader - LibraryThing

This was an interesting book. Though it was billed as a ghost story, it isn't one in the traditional sense. To keep the spoilers to a minimum, the book revolves around William Bellman, who kills a ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Diane Setterfield is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale, and a former academic, specializing in twentieth-century French literature, particularly the works of Andre Gide. She lives in Oxford, England.

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