Andrei Baltakmens; A HANGMAN FOR GHOSTS; Top Five Books (Fiction: Mystery) 15.99 ISBN: 9781938938283
Byline: Claire Foster
Set in the roiling, corrupt world of an 1829 prison colony, Andrei Baltakmens's A Hangman for Ghosts is a historical mystery that brings regency-era Australia to life.
Gabriel Carver, the hangman of Sydney, is a dark, lonely figure. Soaked in rum and regret, Carver becomes an unlikely detective when a woman from his past is accused of murder. As Carver follows the clues through Sydney's underbelly, he encounters a cast of bleakly Dickensian characters, from whistling streetwalkers to baby-faced policemen. As he works to solve the murder, the mystery of Carver's own origins unravels as well. With rich historical details that evoke Australia's early colonial days, this is a wonderful, traditional novel.
A Hangman For Ghosts is Baltakmens's second novel. With a PhD in English literature with a focus on Dickens, he's well versed in his subject, but the Sydney that Carver stalks through is neither dry nor...