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Smuggler's moon
Alexander, Bruce, 1932-
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Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2001]

Physical Description:
247 pages ; 24 cm
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Blind eighteenth-century London judge Sir John Fielding returns in the eighth novel of Bruce Alexander's critically acclaimed mystery series.Packed with rich historical detail, colorful characters, and gripping plotlines, this series has been hailed as "a joy to read" (The Wall Street Journal) and "a rich, rewarding trip for everyone" (The New York Times). In Smuggler's Moon, Sir John faces a most unlikely criminal.Off the water that separates England from France, it is a well-known fact that illegal cargo trade thrives in the moonlight. Yet, authorities are strangely lax in their efforts to catch the criminals. At the behest of the Lord Chief Justice, Sir John and Jeremy travel to the seaside town of Deal to investigate a suspect magistrate just as the smugglers turn murderous. What Sir John and Jeremy find in Deal is most alarming-the booty on Smuggler's Beach is not the only thing to fall into the wrong hands. So, it seems, might the law.

Author Notes

Bruce Alexander is the pseudonym for a well-known author of fiction and non-fiction. The previous books in this series are Blind Justice, Murder in Grub Street (Named by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book in 1995), Watery Grave, Person or Persons Unknown (named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best novels of 1997), Jack, Knave and Fool , and Death of a Colonial .

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sir John Fielding, the blind magistrate of Bow Street Court, returns for another rousing period crime adventure, as told by 17-year-old orphan Jeremy Proctor, from the pseudonymous Alexander (Blind Justice; Watery Grave; etc.). In 1772, Jeremy is learning the law from Sir John, for whom he is companion and attendant, but he has little time for study when the Lord Chief Justice sends Sir John to the town of Deal in Kent to investigate the conduct of the magistrate there. Fifteen-year-old Clarissa Roundtree, another stray welcomed into the Fielding household as Lady Fielding's assistant, accompanies them to Kent. Lying a short distance from the French coast, Deal prospers from "owling," the local term for smuggling. Soon after their arrival, the local magistrate is murdered, while smugglers boldly continue their activities. Sir John, as acting magistrate, plans an ingenious land-and-sea trap to ensnare the smuggling gang and sever their supply and distribution lines. At the swashbuckling climax, under the bright light of a "smuggler's moon," Jeremy proves himself a hero as part of the boarding party engaging in an on-deck saber fight with the villains. As for Clarissa, who once aspired to write romance novels, she conceives of the first murder mystery in the wake of the action. As usual, the author deftly captures the flavor of the period without overdoing the archaic language. This is an exciting novel sure to please established fans and those who appreciate classic yarns in the tradition of Treasure Island. (Nov. 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Sir John Fielding, a blind, 18th-century London judge, and his orphan accomplice, Jeremy, visit the smuggler's haven of Deal in order to check on a supposedly crooked magistrate. The pair find murder and more in this lively eighth addition to a popular series. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.