The Devil's Company

The Devil's Company

A Novel

Book - 2007
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The year is 1722. Ruffian for hire, ex-boxer, and master of disguise, Londoner Benjamin Weaver finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, pitted against Jerome Cobb, a wealthy and mysterious schemer who needs Weaver's strength and guile for his own treacherous plans. To save his friends and family from Cobb's reach--and more importantly to secure the welfare of England--Weaver must infiltrate the East India Company, navigate its warring factions, and uncover a secret plot of corporate rivals, foreign spies, and government operatives.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400064199
Call Number: LISS
Characteristics: 369 p. ; cm.
Subjects: East India Company -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.
London (England) -- History -- 18th century -- Fiction.
Jews -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Weaver, Benjamin (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.


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Apr 02, 2017

An interesting story. Complex plot and characters. The author wrote in a style that would sound normal in that time period, so it made it seem more realistic. I may read another book of his, as well.

Jul 06, 2016

I recently stumbled on the novels of David Liss, who has written a series of mysteries set in 18th century novel and featuring a Jewish boxer turned private investigator (or at least the 18th century equivalent). Aside from being well-crafted and suspenseful, Liss does a fantastic job of evoking the milieu of the era, as well as tackling more serious issues. In the first book, "A Conspiracy of Paper," the early days of the stock market was the backdrop, while in the second novel in the series, it was politics. This is the third in the series and the East India Company is a key part of the story. It does help if you have some familiarity with the time period of have read authors from the period like Henry Fielding and Samuel Johnson. I seldom say this, but it would make a great film or TV series.


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