The Last Days of Newgate

The Last Days of Newgate☆ The Last Days of Newgate PDF / Epub ✩ Author Andrew Pepper – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A story of high intrigue and low politics, brutal murder and cunning conspiracies tangy and rambunctious stuff ObserverGripping and atmospheric Daily Express Enjoyably disturbing likely to leave the r A story of high intrigue and low politics, Days of PDF ↠ brutal murder and cunning conspiracies tangy and rambunctious stuff ObserverGripping and atmospheric Daily Express Enjoyably disturbing likely to leave the reader clamouring for TLSSt Giles, London,three people have been brutally murdered and the city simmers with anger and political unrest Pyke, sometime Bow Street Runner, sometime crook, finds himself The Last Kindle - accidentally embroiled in the murder investigation but quickly realises that he has stumbled into something sinister and far reachingIn his pursuit of the murderer, Pyke ruffles the feathers of some powerful people and, falsely accused of murder himself, he soon faces a death sentence and the gallows Imprisoned, and with only his uncle and the headstrong, aristocratic daughter Last Days of Kindle Ï of his greatest enemy to help, Pyke must engineer his escape, find the real killer and untangle the web of intrigue that has been spun around himA story of intrigue, conspiracy and murder set in th century Britain for fans of Antonia Hodgson, Ripper Street and Patrick Easter The novel drips with all the atmospheric details of a pre Victorian murder mystery pea soupers , dingy lanterns and laudanum The Times Pyke ia an intriguingly unfathomable character Financial Times Pyke is violent, vengeful and conflicted in the best tradition of detectives His story takes in grisly murder and torture, and uses s London in the same way that hard boiled fiction uses Los Angeles as a mirror of a corrupt society Time Out. The last days of Newgate rightfully earns a place as one of the better historical novels There is a score of characters to keep track of and a wee bit of patience and reflection is needed to keep them on the inner movie screen The novel is perhaps not for the casual reader, as it is a bitcomplex than usual and puts historical realism over readability and sympathetic notions The plot follows a murder mystery set in London during the Georgian era, its protagonist is a bow street runner f The last days of Newgate rightfully earns a place as one of the better historical novels There is a score of characters to keep track of and a wee bit of patience and reflection is needed to keep them on the inner movie screen The novel is perhaps not for the casual reader, as it is a bitcomplex than usual and puts historical realism over readability and sympathetic notions The plot follows a murder mystery set in London during the Georgian era, its protagonist is a bow street runner first policemen of London I had to look that up Pyke, such a runner, privately also specializes in the recovery of stolen goods for which he gets a finder s fee True to his Machiavellian inclinations, Pyke learned how to shoulder his way through and up in a society that had him start at the bottom As we meet the character of Pyke, he had been doing fairly well for some time Soon, however, the ante is upped as Pyke is confronted with several murders Pyke seems quite a cultured man, yet being rather callous, most would not exactly call him a likable person This might be off putting for some but I feel such a character adds to the historical accuracy the book After all the London 1829, was for many a muzzy, unjust, brutish place where most got shortchanged not only by the law but also by life itself Therefore, Pyke s mindset and behavior fits well within the plot with its political intrigues, interesting twists and turns, and overall historical realism The main problem I had with this book was not the fact the protagonist was unlikeable, although he is Pyke is shown as, not just described as, hard, cruel, vicious We re shown that he treats people women appallingly onthan one occasion That s fine, that s not necessarily a bad thing in a protagonist.The problem is the inconsistencies One moment, it s clear that he and the author knows that he s not likeable, that he s meant to be an antihero The next, his actions are excused or over The main problem I had with this book was not the fact the protagonist was unlikeable, although he is Pyke is shown as, not just described as, hard, cruel, vicious We re shown that he treats people women appallingly onthan one occasion That s fine, that s not necessarily a bad thing in a protagonist.The problem is the inconsistencies One moment, it s clear that he and the author knows that he s not likeable, that he s meant to be an antihero The next, his actions are excused or overlooked He always manages to trump people in dialogue, insulting and outdebating them and getting away with it In the first few pages, it s made clear that he s attractive though not in the suave, if effete, manner of an English gentleman No, Pyke has to be masculine, and also made clear in the first few pages has no trouble getting women and that he dumps them, they don t dump him.He does something that is nasty, and while it s being done, it s presented as him being a hard man, borderline criminal, ruthless After, though, there s an explanation, like him explaining why he had to do it, one that she and we are meant to accept It s like the writer wants to show his hardened credentials, look at how tough, how nasty, brutal this guy is, but doesn t want to give up anything for it he s still attractive, intelligent, better read than a lot of nobles, cleverer, his actions are forgiveable in the context of his life One moment, we re told that something he s done was pure pragmatism, unapologetic The next, there s the explanation, the reason why his actions are acceptable.The writing style is distant, I think in part to make it feelappropriate to the era Everything feels described, rather than shown.In short, not a terrible book, but not one that does anything for me or that I d particularly recommend Pyke is a hard man, see He s a tough man, and he s cool, right, he s really cool Don t forget that, because it s his entire character He doesn t like people, because cool people don t need other people, except for that one person who is also cool and knows he doesn t need other people either, so it s ok for Pyke to like him, if he liked anyone Which he doesn t But women like Pyke, right, because he s so cool they have to Women, as we all know, are foolish and only like men who are real bas Pyke is a hard man, see He s a tough man, and he s cool, right, he s really cool Don t forget that, because it s his entire character He doesn t like people, because cool people don t need other people, except for that one person who is also cool and knows he doesn t need other people either, so it s ok for Pyke to like him, if he liked anyone Which he doesn t But women like Pyke, right, because he s so cool they have to Women, as we all know, are foolish and only like men who are real bastards But Pyke doesn t care about them, because Pyke s tough, and only out for himself For what he can get, see, like a tough guy, which he is He s so tough and so cool that he only has one name, like all cool people like Cher a real tough guy like Cher.I fucking hated this Halfway through, the main character kills his dog And I m out. A cracking good read I m glad that there arebooks in the series.My favorite town London, the year 1829, the main character PYKE, a guy with rough edges, the story full of intrigueThat is the kind of historical fiction I like I must admit that I liked Pykethan other readers.My full review over at Edi s Book Lighthouse.The Last Days Of Newgate has been athan satisfying read An awesome historical thriller The Last Days Of Newgate is dark, gritty, intense and powerful with A cracking good read I m glad that there arebooks in the series.My favorite town London, the year 1829, the main character PYKE, a guy with rough edges, the story full of intrigueThat is the kind of historical fiction I like I must admit that I liked Pykethan other readers.My full review over at Edi s Book Lighthouse.The Last Days Of Newgate has been athan satisfying read An awesome historical thriller The Last Days Of Newgate is dark, gritty, intense and powerful with disturbing attacks on your mind Don t read it before you sleep because you will not sleep as usual Don t forget to close windows and doors An obnoxious main character, uninteresting plot and the quality of the writing was variable Although judging by the long list of acknowledgements it would seem unfair to hold the author solely responsible. Set in the murky world of 19th century London and Belfast and the even murkier world of the politics of that time this story also has as its background the last days of the Bow Street Runners and their unsuccessful resistance to Peel s newly introduced Police Force I am still slightly puzzled by the book s title, as the infamous prison at Newgate, which also features in the book, survived for many years after the period in which this story is set.Hero or to beprecise anti hero is Set in the murky world of 19th century London and Belfast and the even murkier world of the politics of that time this story also has as its background the last days of the Bow Street Runners and their unsuccessful resistance to Peel s newly introduced Police Force I am still slightly puzzled by the book s title, as the infamous prison at Newgate, which also features in the book, survived for many years after the period in which this story is set.Hero or to beprecise anti hero is Pyke, a Bow Street Runner who is equally adept at capturing criminals and also perpetrating often violent and unpleasant crimes At the heart of the story is a traditional mystery with a fairly well worn theme in which Pyke finds himself accused of a crime which he didn t actually commit, and he has to go on the run and simultaneously trace the real villains to save his skin That Pyke comes within an inch of being executed and is constantly having to fight for his life does add some extra tension to the story.As the first book in what s promised as a series, the idea has some potential but I m not totally convinced by the execution The book isn t particularly badly written but the plot could have been a lot tighter and some of the characters particularly femalesconvincingly drawn What worries me most, though, is the unremittingly grim way almost everything and everyone in the book is described Most of us are familiar with the over pretty chocolate box imagery beloved of TV costume dramas and romantic novels, so a measure of gritty realism can come as a welcome change However, when almost every page of this book revels in telling us about streets running in excretement and general filth the cruelty, corruption and all round nastiness of life across all classes of the population, and heaps everviolent and gruesome crimes one after the other, even the strongest of stomachs may find this all too much to take Only two characters in the book seem to have any redeeming features, Pryke s Uncle quite well drawn and the main female interest, Emily not drawn well at all I m all for a reasonable amount of darkness in a story but this one desperately needed some light relief, and just a touch of humour wouldn t have gone amiss.Will I trystories in this series Not totally sure, but Pyke is not going to be high on my must read lists Set in the aftermath of the Napoleonic era it follows a Bow Street Runner by the name of Pike who is a definite rogue criminal with a sense of honour I love historical novels and this one albeit almost entirely fictional has a lot of good history about the end of the Runners and the creation of the new Metropolitan police force The main character is likeable and hateable at times and that all adds to the flavour in the well crafted detective mystery tale I love what can best be described as Set in the aftermath of the Napoleonic era it follows a Bow Street Runner by the name of Pike who is a definite rogue criminal with a sense of honour I love historical novels and this one albeit almost entirely fictional has a lot of good history about the end of the Runners and the creation of the new Metropolitan police force The main character is likeable and hateable at times and that all adds to the flavour in the well crafted detective mystery tale I love what can best be described as alternate detective books Old fashioned detective stories with a twist and this one is just that, the resolution was well played too, not forced and a few surprises near the end too.Where I got the book In the run up to Christmas I was under strict instructions not to buy any books I had said I wanted as Emma was planning on getting me some of them One day I popped into the excellent discount bookshop in the Pallisades, Bookends, and saw the cover to The Last Days of Newgate and after reading the back I was sufficiently intrigued and bought it There was no way Emma could have seen it and realise I d want it as I d not mentioned it The risk was minimal Turns out she knew me better than I though and had bought me the book for Christmas I took my copy back and swapped it for a Dark Future book and waited patiently until Christmas Day Another period mystery grabbed as a fun and simple read for my recent canoe trip It wasn t very meaty finished it before the trip ended I can t really recommend it as a stand alone novel, it s not well written, although the historical period and location London Belfast 1829 makes for a very interesting and graphic background and I think it gets a star just for the atmosphere The cities are brutal and grim places to live but this author is far from the first nor the best author to point Another period mystery grabbed as a fun and simple read for my recent canoe trip It wasn t very meaty finished it before the trip ended I can t really recommend it as a stand alone novel, it s not well written, although the historical period and location London Belfast 1829 makes for a very interesting and graphic background and I think it gets a star just for the atmosphere The cities are brutal and grim places to live but this author is far from the first nor the best author to point this out And his protagonist Pyke is no half cock Jack He reminds me of Charles Bronson on a Death Wish The female lead character is unfinished, so I never quite understood her motivation, other than as a device to move the plot forward, the twist in the ending felt contrived and easy That said, YMMV if you are stuck on a desert isle or uninhabited lake and this is what you ve got at hand What a crappy book Learned a little history, but it was hardly credible, and was chosen to serve the plot, not the other way around Avoid.

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    The Last Days of Newgate PDF × Last Days of Kindle pre Victorian murder mystery pea soupers , dingy lanterns and laudanum The Times Pyke ia an intriguingly unfathomable character Financial Times Pyke is violent, vengeful and conflicted in the best tradition of detectives His story takes in grisly murder and torture, and uses s London in the same way that hard boiled fiction uses Los Angeles as a mirror of a corrupt society Time Out. The last days of Newgate rightfully earns a place as one of the better historical novels There is a score of characters to keep track of and a wee bit of patience and reflection is needed to keep them on the inner movie screen The novel is perhaps not for the casual reader, as it is a bitcomplex than usual and puts historical realism over readability and sympathetic notions The plot follows a murder mystery set in London during the Georgian era, its protagonist is a bow street runner f The last days of Newgate rightfully earns a place as one of the better historical novels There is a score of characters to keep track of and a wee bit of patience and reflection is needed to keep them on the inner movie screen The novel is perhaps not for the casual reader, as it is a bitcomplex than usual and puts historical realism over readability and sympathetic notions The plot follows a murder mystery set in London during the Georgian era, its protagonist is a bow street runner first policemen of London I had to look that up Pyke, such a runner, privately also specializes in the recovery of stolen goods for which he gets a finder s fee True to his Machiavellian inclinations, Pyke learned how to shoulder his way through and up in a society that had him start at the bottom As we meet the character of Pyke, he had been doing fairly well for some time Soon, however, the ante is upped as Pyke is confronted with several murders Pyke seems quite a cultured man, yet being rather callous, most would not exactly call him a likable person This might be off putting for some but I feel such a character adds to the historical accuracy the book After all the London 1829, was for many a muzzy, unjust, brutish place where most got shortchanged not only by the law but also by life itself Therefore, Pyke s mindset and behavior fits well within the plot with its political intrigues, interesting twists and turns, and overall historical realism The main problem I had with this book was not the fact the protagonist was unlikeable, although he is Pyke is shown as, not just described as, hard, cruel, vicious We re shown that he treats people women appallingly onthan one occasion That s fine, that s not necessarily a bad thing in a protagonist.The problem is the inconsistencies One moment, it s clear that he and the author knows that he s not likeable, that he s meant to be an antihero The next, his actions are excused or over The main problem I had with this book was not the fact the protagonist was unlikeable, although he is Pyke is shown as, not just described as, hard, cruel, vicious We re shown that he treats people women appallingly onthan one occasion That s fine, that s not necessarily a bad thing in a protagonist.The problem is the inconsistencies One moment, it s clear that he and the author knows that he s not likeable, that he s meant to be an antihero The next, his actions are excused or overlooked He always manages to trump people in dialogue, insulting and outdebating them and getting away with it In the first few pages, it s made clear that he s attractive though not in the suave, if effete, manner of an English gentleman No, Pyke has to be masculine, and also made clear in the first few pages has no trouble getting women and that he dumps them, they don t dump him.He does something that is nasty, and while it s being done, it s presented as him being a hard man, borderline criminal, ruthless After, though, there s an explanation, like him explaining why he had to do it, one that she and we are meant to accept It s like the writer wants to show his hardened credentials, look at how tough, how nasty, brutal this guy is, but doesn t want to give up anything for it he s still attractive, intelligent, better read than a lot of nobles, cleverer, his actions are forgiveable in the context of his life One moment, we re told that something he s done was pure pragmatism, unapologetic The next, there s the explanation, the reason why his actions are acceptable.The writing style is distant, I think in part to make it feelappropriate to the era Everything feels described, rather than shown.In short, not a terrible book, but not one that does anything for me or that I d particularly recommend Pyke is a hard man, see He s a tough man, and he s cool, right, he s really cool Don t forget that, because it s his entire character He doesn t like people, because cool people don t need other people, except for that one person who is also cool and knows he doesn t need other people either, so it s ok for Pyke to like him, if he liked anyone Which he doesn t But women like Pyke, right, because he s so cool they have to Women, as we all know, are foolish and only like men who are real bas Pyke is a hard man, see He s a tough man, and he s cool, right, he s really cool Don t forget that, because it s his entire character He doesn t like people, because cool people don t need other people, except for that one person who is also cool and knows he doesn t need other people either, so it s ok for Pyke to like him, if he liked anyone Which he doesn t But women like Pyke, right, because he s so cool they have to Women, as we all know, are foolish and only like men who are real bastards But Pyke doesn t care about them, because Pyke s tough, and only out for himself For what he can get, see, like a tough guy, which he is He s so tough and so cool that he only has one name, like all cool people like Cher a real tough guy like Cher.I fucking hated this Halfway through, the main character kills his dog And I m out. A cracking good read I m glad that there arebooks in the series.My favorite town London, the year 1829, the main character PYKE, a guy with rough edges, the story full of intrigueThat is the kind of historical fiction I like I must admit that I liked Pykethan other readers.My full review over at Edi s Book Lighthouse.The Last Days Of Newgate has been athan satisfying read An awesome historical thriller The Last Days Of Newgate is dark, gritty, intense and powerful with A cracking good read I m glad that there arebooks in the series.My favorite town London, the year 1829, the main character PYKE, a guy with rough edges, the story full of intrigueThat is the kind of historical fiction I like I must admit that I liked Pykethan other readers.My full review over at Edi s Book Lighthouse.The Last Days Of Newgate has been athan satisfying read An awesome historical thriller The Last Days Of Newgate is dark, gritty, intense and powerful with disturbing attacks on your mind Don t read it before you sleep because you will not sleep as usual Don t forget to close windows and doors An obnoxious main character, uninteresting plot and the quality of the writing was variable Although judging by the long list of acknowledgements it would seem unfair to hold the author solely responsible. Set in the murky world of 19th century London and Belfast and the even murkier world of the politics of that time this story also has as its background the last days of the Bow Street Runners and their unsuccessful resistance to Peel s newly introduced Police Force I am still slightly puzzled by the book s title, as the infamous prison at Newgate, which also features in the book, survived for many years after the period in which this story is set.Hero or to beprecise anti hero is Set in the murky world of 19th century London and Belfast and the even murkier world of the politics of that time this story also has as its background the last days of the Bow Street Runners and their unsuccessful resistance to Peel s newly introduced Police Force I am still slightly puzzled by the book s title, as the infamous prison at Newgate, which also features in the book, survived for many years after the period in which this story is set.Hero or to beprecise anti hero is Pyke, a Bow Street Runner who is equally adept at capturing criminals and also perpetrating often violent and unpleasant crimes At the heart of the story is a traditional mystery with a fairly well worn theme in which Pyke finds himself accused of a crime which he didn t actually commit, and he has to go on the run and simultaneously trace the real villains to save his skin That Pyke comes within an inch of being executed and is constantly having to fight for his life does add some extra tension to the story.As the first book in what s promised as a series, the idea has some potential but I m not totally convinced by the execution The book isn t particularly badly written but the plot could have been a lot tighter and some of the characters particularly femalesconvincingly drawn What worries me most, though, is the unremittingly grim way almost everything and everyone in the book is described Most of us are familiar with the over pretty chocolate box imagery beloved of TV costume dramas and romantic novels, so a measure of gritty realism can come as a welcome change However, when almost every page of this book revels in telling us about streets running in excretement and general filth the cruelty, corruption and all round nastiness of life across all classes of the population, and heaps everviolent and gruesome crimes one after the other, even the strongest of stomachs may find this all too much to take Only two characters in the book seem to have any redeeming features, Pryke s Uncle quite well drawn and the main female interest, Emily not drawn well at all I m all for a reasonable amount of darkness in a story but this one desperately needed some light relief, and just a touch of humour wouldn t have gone amiss.Will I trystories in this series Not totally sure, but Pyke is not going to be high on my must read lists Set in the aftermath of the Napoleonic era it follows a Bow Street Runner by the name of Pike who is a definite rogue criminal with a sense of honour I love historical novels and this one albeit almost entirely fictional has a lot of good history about the end of the Runners and the creation of the new Metropolitan police force The main character is likeable and hateable at times and that all adds to the flavour in the well crafted detective mystery tale I love what can best be described as Set in the aftermath of the Napoleonic era it follows a Bow Street Runner by the name of Pike who is a definite rogue criminal with a sense of honour I love historical novels and this one albeit almost entirely fictional has a lot of good history about the end of the Runners and the creation of the new Metropolitan police force The main character is likeable and hateable at times and that all adds to the flavour in the well crafted detective mystery tale I love what can best be described as alternate detective books Old fashioned detective stories with a twist and this one is just that, the resolution was well played too, not forced and a few surprises near the end too.Where I got the book In the run up to Christmas I was under strict instructions not to buy any books I had said I wanted as Emma was planning on getting me some of them One day I popped into the excellent discount bookshop in the Pallisades, Bookends, and saw the cover to The Last Days of Newgate and after reading the back I was sufficiently intrigued and bought it There was no way Emma could have seen it and realise I d want it as I d not mentioned it The risk was minimal Turns out she knew me better than I though and had bought me the book for Christmas I took my copy back and swapped it for a Dark Future book and waited patiently until Christmas Day Another period mystery grabbed as a fun and simple read for my recent canoe trip It wasn t very meaty finished it before the trip ended I can t really recommend it as a stand alone novel, it s not well written, although the historical period and location London Belfast 1829 makes for a very interesting and graphic background and I think it gets a star just for the atmosphere The cities are brutal and grim places to live but this author is far from the first nor the best author to point Another period mystery grabbed as a fun and simple read for my recent canoe trip It wasn t very meaty finished it before the trip ended I can t really recommend it as a stand alone novel, it s not well written, although the historical period and location London Belfast 1829 makes for a very interesting and graphic background and I think it gets a star just for the atmosphere The cities are brutal and grim places to live but this author is far from the first nor the best author to point this out And his protagonist Pyke is no half cock Jack He reminds me of Charles Bronson on a Death Wish The female lead character is unfinished, so I never quite understood her motivation, other than as a device to move the plot forward, the twist in the ending felt contrived and easy That said, YMMV if you are stuck on a desert isle or uninhabited lake and this is what you ve got at hand What a crappy book Learned a little history, but it was hardly credible, and was chosen to serve the plot, not the other way around Avoid. 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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Last Days of Newgate
  • Andrew Pepper
  • English
  • 10 October 2018
  • 0753821680