An Experiment in Treason

An Experiment in Treason

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Penguin Putnam
Consistently hailed as "wonderful" (The New York Times Book Review), the Fielding mysteries are a magical combination of period ambiance, vivid characterization, and intriguing plotlines. In An Experiment in Treason, a packet of incendiary letters is stolen from the London residence of a prominent official, and turns up in the colony of Massachusetts. Why are the contents so controversial? Why has a suspect in the theft turned up dead? And what should Sir John do about his feeling that Benjamin Franklin himself is somehow complicit? While the political tensions rise, Sir John searches for answers and finds that justice isn't always served by the letter of the law.

Baker & Taylor
When a potentially dangerous collection of letters is stolen from a prominent official and turns up in Massachusetts, Sir John Fielding investigates, only to find that the supposed thief has turned up dead.

Blackwell North Amer
In An Experiment in Treason, a packet of incendiary letters is stolen from the London residence of a prominent official, and turns up in the colony of Massachusetts. Why are the contents of the letters so controversial? Why has a suspect in the theft turned up dead? And what should Sir John do about his feeling that Benjamin Franklin himself is somehow complicit? While the tensions rise, Sir John and Jeremy search for answers - and find that justice isn't always served by the letter of the law.

Baker
& Taylor

When a potentially dangerous collection of letters is stolen from a prominent official and turns up in Massachusetts, Sir John Fielding, the blind eighteenth-century London judge, investigates, only to find that the supposed thief has turned up dead and that Benjamin Franklin may have played a role in the crime. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2002]
New York : Berkley Prine Crime, 2003
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780399149238
0399149236
9780425192818
0425192814
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ALEXA...B

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May 08, 2015

Sir John Fielding is not surprised that Americans are criminals and rebellious. They were sent to the colonies as punishment for crimes. However, he is surprised that they are calling themselves Americans and don't care to be regarded as English. In this addition to the series, Jeremy and Clarissa are becoming adults, Black Jack Bilbo and Jimmie Bunkins fade out and serious amounts of murder are committed as the result of the machinations of Benjamin Franklin.

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Eosos
Aug 17, 2014

I like the portrayal of Ben Franklin as more of a dissolute rather than the paragon, father of America.
A view of the American war for independence from the British side was interesting and it was about time Jeremy and Clarissa got together.

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