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January, 1721. London is reeling from the effects of the greatest financial scandal of the age - the collapse of the South Sea Bubble. William Spandrel, a penniless mapmaker, is offered a discharge of his debts by Sir Theodore Janssen, a director of the South Sea Company, on one condition: he must secretly convey an important package to Amsterdam.

The package safely delivered, Spandrel barely survives an attempt on his life, only to discover the recipient has been murdered, and Spandrel is the prime suspect. Spandrel quickly realises that he has become a pawn in several people's games - British Government agents, and others, are on his trail, believing that the mysterious package contains secrets that could spark a revolution in England.

Spandrel's only chance of survival is to recover the package and place its contents in the right hands. But what are the contents and whose exactly are the right hands?

Reviews

There is more adventure and less mystery in this than in some of Goddard's other books, but the result is engrossing, storytelling of a very high order

Observer

Cliffhanging entertainment... Goddard unwinds his plots like a conjurer

Guardian

The master of the triple double-cross

The Times

Hypnotising

Daily Mail

A master storyteller

Sunday Independent

One of Britain's finest thriller writers

Time Out

A compelling storyteller of our time

Sunday Telegraph

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  • Paperback

    9780552164931

    February 1, 2012

    Corgi

    480 pages

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  • EBook

    9781407068367

    July 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    480 pages

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