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Title
The devil's mask
Author
Christopher Wakling
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Faber & Faber
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20120301

Meet Inigo Bright. He's a bored young lawyer working in Bristol after
the abolition of the slave trade. A frustrated artist, at odds with his
wealthy merchant family, and engaged to a girl he no longer loves,
Inigo's dissatisfaction is complete when his boss and mentor, Adam
Carthy, charges him with the numbing task of reconciling years of port
fees and import duties for the newly formed Dock Company. But detail is
the devil's mask.

Inigo's routine investigation leads him to The
Belsize
, a ship newly returned from the Indies, laden with rum, sugar,
tobacco, and a chilling secret. Those in the city whose interests the
secret protects move swiftly and savagely to keep the truth hidden at
all costs.

Before long Inigo, his boss and family, are implicated and
under threat. A cover-up seems the only way out. But Inigo has linked
the case to a charred corpse found on a building site in the rising district of Clifton and soon
there are other bodies to account for, too.

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Christopher Wakling is a novelist and travel writer whose previous books include On Cape Three Points, The Undertow and Towards the Sun.

Born in 1970, he was educated at Oxford, and has worked as a teacher and lawyer. He lives in Bristol with his wife and children.

Type
BOOK
Edition
1st paperback ed
Keyword Index
Merchants - England - Bristol - History - 19th century - Fiction.|Bristol (England) - History - 19th century - Fiction.|Suspense fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
312

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