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DEATH OF A COLONIAL
by Bruce Alexander
Berkley Books, October 2000
304 pages
$6.50
ISBN: 0425177025


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This book is 5th in Alexander's series that featuring Sir John Fielding, the blind judge who founded the Bow Street Runners (forerunners of London's Police ). Death of a Colonial shows the reader how contemporary Britain viewed the American colonies 50 years before the Revolution--a wild, savage land that converts even civilized men to barbarians. King George I desires the country home of an executed criminal of noble family, but an heir has arrived from America to claim it. Sir John is appointed to a commission to evaluate the claim. As we follow Sir John in his thorough examination of the claimant's history, we also absorb the attitudes of the people he encounters. Death of a Colonial is a classic police procedural--a step-by-step investigation of what occurred, and why, enriched by the context of the time in which it takes place. It is an excellent example of the historical mystery.

Reviewed by Marsha Valance, August 2001

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