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Deacon Brodie: A Double Life [Kindle Edition]

David Hutchison
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When respected Gentleman and City Councillor, Deacon William Brodie, chases his love of gambling, he is drawn deep into a double life. Before long the open respectability of day gives way to a hidden life of crime at night, and soon, Brodie is on a trajectory to disaster . . . one which leads him to the gibbet.

Set in the Edinburgh of 1788, Deacon Brodie: A Double Life is a fact-based novel which tells how Brodie’s love for gambling and risk sweeps him into a life of crime. Betrayed by an accomplice, and revealed as a "Gentleman by day, thief by night", Brodie escapes the city, is captured in Holland, then faced with a trial before a city where once he was a leading citizen. When he is sentenced to be hanged, his closest friend has a different idea and, in full view of everyone, Brodie takes his riskiest gamble yet.

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  • File Size: 1338 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IEJ8AII
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Now living in America, author David Hutchinson came to this country having been raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. An Arts graduate, he worked as a professional photographer based in Edinburgh. With his extensive background in photography, David has taught at tertiary level and lectured as a Visiting Professional. Though he has been writing short pieces for magazines (first published in the 1980s), DEACON BRODIE is his first novel - though after finishing this enormously successful work it seems as though he has been deep in his letters for years! He admits the growing up in Edinburgh, he became fascinated by the rich history of Scotland's capital, and especially with some of its leading characters, one of those (fortunately for us) was Deacon William Brodie, the subject of this novel based on fact but filigreed with delightfully Scottish brogue peppered fiction.

Because Hutchinson confines his novel to the last year of Deacon Brodie's life, a bit of background for those who are unaware of this historical character. William Brodie (1741 - 1788), more commonly known by his prestigious title of Deacon Brodie, was a Scottish cabinet-maker, deacon of a trades guild and Edinburgh city councilor, who maintained a secret life as a burglar, partly for the thrill, and partly to fund his gambling. By day, Brodie was a respectable tradesman and Deacon (president) of the Incorporation of Wrights, the head of the Craft of Cabinetmaking, which made him a member of the Town Council. Part of his job in building cabinets was to install and repair their locks and other security mechanisms and repair door locks. He socialized with the gentry of Edinburgh. At night, however, Brodie became a burglar and thief.
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David currently lives in America with his wife and two and a half cats. He is an Arts graduate and worked as a professional photographer based in Edinburgh. With his extensive background in photography, David has taught at tertiary level and lectured as a Visiting Professional.

Growing up in Edinburgh, David became fascinated by the rich history of Scotland's capital, and especially with some of its leading characters. As a "Gentleman by day, thief by night", Deacon William Brodie - the lead in David's first novel, Deacon Brodie: A Double Life - was one such character.

David began writing short pieces for magazines and was first published in the 1980s. At present he is writing Lest You Be Judged, with Detective Chief Inspector Mike Brodie in the lead.


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