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Manhattan, 1778. A city of secrets, profiteers, loyalists and double agents. As the last part of America under British rule, New York is home to a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the British crown.
Edward Savill is sent from London to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists. No sooner does he land than he becomes embroiled in the case of a gentleman murdered in the city′s notorious Canvas Town. An escaped slave hangs for the crime, but Savill is convinced they have executed the wrong man.
Lodging with the respected Wintour family, Savill senses the mystery deepening. Judge Wintour′s beautiful daughter-in-law, Arabella, hides a tragedy in her past, while his son plans a dangerous mission into enemy territory. And what of Mr Noak, the enigmatic clerk seemingly bent on a dubious course of his own?
One thing is clear - the killing in Canvas Town was just the start of a trail of murder, and it′s leading directly to Savill...
About the Author
Andrew Taylor is the award-winning author of a number of crime novels, including the Dougal series, the Lydmouth books and The Barred Window. He and his wife live with their children in the Forest of Dean.
'An absolutely gripping, absorbing historical crime thriller ... If you like CJ Sansom, or Hilary Mantel or Philippa Gregory, I think you'd absolutely love Andrew Taylor's The Scent of Death' PETER JAMES 'If you're wondering "what should I read next?" try it - because it opens up a whole new world for you' LEE CHILD 'The key to what makes this book work is that Taylor contrives a brilliant mystery plot, and yet the historical detail is just so compelling ... The language is interesting, the historical detail is fascinating and the central mystery is absolutely gripping ... The Scent of Death is a perfect read for anyone who likes a mystery that's as finely crafted as a Swiss watch - Andrew Taylor is at the top of his game' MARK BILLINGHAM 'Andrew Taylor has built this beautiful and exquisite stage set, so everything we need to know about Manhattan in the 1770s is right there ... What makes a crime novel work - you've got to have a cracking good story, you've got to want to know what happened. And here, you've got all of it' KATE MOSSE 'Andrew Taylor is arguably the most consummate writer of historical fiction today. He achieves to perfection the crucial balance between the mystery to be solved and the historical context surrounding it. A mesmeric read' The Times 'An absorbing and harrowing epic historical detective novel ... Taylor is as good at this period as C. J. Sansom is at Tudor England, and like him pulls off novels that work both as literary fiction and detective stories' Independent 'Andrew Taylor has been producing superb historical fiction since long before Hilary Mantel's Man Booker wins bestowed literary respectability on the genre' Daily Telegraph 'Taylor once again shows how skilful a historical novelist he is' The Sunday Times
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st March 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.0 x 23.2 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.62