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Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

“You become involved in some inquiry, and it is clear that there are great forces out there trying to manipulate you, and despite your best efforts, in the end you are manipulated.”

A fascinating mystery/intrigue, David Liss’ The Devil’s Company is set in 1722 London and is told in the first person by an ex-boxer (turned “thief taker”), Benjamin Weaver. Benjamin finds his hand forced by a client to investigate the connection a man-of-little-importance has, or had, with England’s corporate power house, the British East India Company. Weaver’s attempts to free himself and his friends from this client’s grip only pull him deeper into the conspiracy.

Through Weaver, readers get a glimpse into 16th century England: her political climate, her legal system, her labor relations, and her morals. Liss presents a cast of characters that represent various aspects of London life: the Jewish community, the common laborer, the wealthy, women’s roles, and the closet homosexual culture.

The Devil’s Company is an impressive achievement in historical suspense by David Liss, and the twists and turns guarantee to keep you engrossed.

Erin fell in love with the written word as a small child and subsequently spent most of her life happily devouring literature.  She works as a freelance news, marketing, and technical writer.  Erin lives just outside of Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, children, and grandchildren.