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  • Published: 14 March 2017
  • ISBN: 9781619029071
  • Imprint: Catapult
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $29.99

Blood of the Oak

A Mystery of Revolutionary America




The Edgar Award–winner’s colonial series continues as Scottish exile Duncan McCallum uncovers a loyalist conspiracy—“Historical mystery at its best” (Booklist, starred review).

The American Colonies, 1765. As the Stamp Act dissent marks the first organized resistance to English rule, someone is kidnapping and killing members of the Iroquois Nation. Asked by an elder to investigate, Scottish exile Duncan McCallum soon uncovers a network of secret runners supporting the nascent “committees of correspondence,” engaged in the political dissent fomenting across colonial borders. But as Duncan follows the trail further, it leads to his capture.

Thrown into slavery with the kidnapped runners, Duncan discovers a powerful conspiracy of highly placed English aristocrats bent on crushing all dissent. Inspired by an aged Native American slave and new African friends, Duncan decides not just to escape but to turn their own intrigue against the London lords.

A Publishers Weekly Best Book, the fourth entry in the Bone Rattler series moves ever closer to the beginning of the American Revolution. With a cast of characters that includes Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, the early Pennsylvania rebel James Smith, and Dr. Benjamin Rush, Blood of the Oak takes a fresh view on the birth of the new American nation.

  • Published: 14 March 2017
  • ISBN: 9781619029071
  • Imprint: Catapult
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Eliot Pattison

Eliot Pattison's numerous books and articles on international policy issues have been published on three continents. He is a world traveller and frequent visitor to China. The Skull Mantra, his first work of fiction, won the Edgar Award for best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America.

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Praise for Blood of the Oak

Praise for Blood of the Oak "Another complexly plotted historical mystery written in a baroque style highly suggestive of the period and unblinking in its portrayal of American history's dark lessons." —Kirkus Praise for Eye of the Raven "Few writers can combine history and mystery as well as Edgar–winner Pattison . . . Evocative language, tight plotting, and memorable characters make this a standout." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) "The pleasures of Eliot Pattison's books, and Eye of the Raven is another smashing example, are threefold: high adventure in perilous landscapes, a hero stubbornly seeking the truth, and the haunting mysteries of ancient cultures." —Otto Penzler, editor of The Vampire Archives Praise for Bone Rattler "Pattison's moving characters, intricate plot and masterful evocation of the time, including sensitive depictions of the effects of the European war on Native Americans, set this leagues beyond most historicals and augur well for future entries in this series." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) "[A] sure winner." —Booklist

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