The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins
A brilliant historical crime novel of Georgian London from the author of The Devil in the Marshalsea.
London, 1728. A young, well-dressed man is driven through streets of jeering onlookers to the gallows at Tyburn. They call him a murderer. But Tom Hawkins is innocent and somehow he has to prove it, before the rope squeezes the life out of him.
It is, of course, all his own fault. He was happy settling down with Kitty Sparks. He should never have told the most dangerous criminal in London that he was bored and looking for adventure. He should never have offered to help, the king’s mistress. And most of all, he should never have trusted the witty, calculating Queen Caroline.
She has promised him a royal pardon if he holds his tongue but then again, there is nothing more silent than a hanged man…
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Praise for The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins
Dark, twisting and witty. Dripping with 18th century intrigue – from the slums to the palaces of London
S.D. Sykes, author of Plague Land
Hodgson has again married immaculate research to the rip-roaring pace of the modern thriller and come up with a triumphant slice of historical fiction
Independent on Sunday
This magnificent story with its multiple twists and turns, part social history with an informative afterword, an exploration of many faces of evil, with a genuine romantic hero and heroine, is a book to linger over
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