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The Devil's Company Paperback – April 20, 2010
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“As distinguished by the compelling voice of its narrator as it is by its vibrant detail.”—Denver Post
“Witty and stimulating”—Kirkus
“More than just a finely written mystery. Liss injects thoughtful discussion of issues that should resonate in the best university business courses. Corporate ethics at the British East India Company appear to resemble those of Wall Street companies this decade.”—San Antonio Express-News
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"The Devil's Company" the third in the Benjamin Weaver series, is a fantastic book! It follows the exploits of Benjamin Weaver, a private investigator, in London in the fall of 1722. Mr. Weaver is employed to avenge the honor of his client, through a set up in a game of chance. This is but the beginning of a tale so full of malice, intrigue and malevolent cleverness that one worries if Mr. Weaver's "derring do" will be enough to prevail. Also, I never thought the British East India Company could be such a vipers' nest of scheming. What transpires there has relevance today and illustrates that corporate perfidy is not a recent development. Mr. Weaver is compelled to go to work for "the Company" by a mysterious cabal. The stakes are incredibly high as Mr. Weaver has to sort through ever shifting facts and alliances, and his Herculean task ensnares the reader to such an extent that one is cautioned to set aside some serious reading time, lest one stay up half the night.
Mr. Liss has written a superlative book.Read more ›
Weaver's foes (or allies - you're never quite sure which) are everywhere from the Crown, the Crapeauds, the East India Company to . . . you name it. I'll not reveal the plot as the fun is in the reading and feeling part of the swirl of the place and times. This book is great fun to read . . .
However, the entire plot is totally ludicrous when you look at it dispassionately. For example, the initial set-up whereby Weaver falls under the manipulative control of Mr Cobb makes absolutely no sense. It is ridiculously complicated and I have to feel that the author could have found a subtler way for Weaver to fall into Cobb's net than the contorted combination of sledgehammer conspiracies that he employs.
Unfortunately, the lack of sensible plot development continues throughout the book. A further example is the bizarre history of the invisible Absalom Pepper.
The depiction of anti-semitism is a little heavy-handed but probably actually quite realistic. The irony, however, is that Britain at that time (and, of course,since) was one of the safest places in the world to be a Jew - I have some personal family knowledge of that. Also, there is a little too much ranting about the evils of corporations and capitalism for my liking.
I found the Coffee Trader by the same author to be much more plausible and at least as much fun to read.Read more ›
This is the fifth novel I've read by David Liss, and I'd definitely say that his Benjamin Weaver books are much stronger than his stand-alone book, The Whiskey Rebels. Weaver, while not sympathetic or sometimes even likable, is a compelling character. One thing you always know will happen in a book in which he's featured is that he'll get double-crossed at some point, and The Devil's Company is no exception. Liss excels at description, too, and I enjoyed his depiction of 1722 London.
The mystery itself however, is a bit predictable, and the disguises don't always hide people's identities all that well. Also, I was a little frustrated by Absalom Pepper's cotton machine mentioned in the book; it's never actually described, so that it would seem more real. The author bites off a lot in writing about the East India Company, and I wish he had described it more in this book. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the characters and most of the story. Weaver has a biting, sarcastic wit, and he had me laughing at many places in the novel; he's is the reason why I keep turning back to this series.
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This is the third book I've read by Liss and though I enjoyed The Coffee Trader and Whiskey Rebellion more this effort is well worth the time.Published 14 hours ago by S. Foster
2nd book I have read from this author, very interesting book. I am curious as to how much of this historical fictions matches fact. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. J. L. McGrath
David Liss is a terrific writer. His stories, set 2 centuries ago, ring with authenticity. He makes you feel what it was like in London in the 1700s. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary J.
Entertaining tale. I like when he teaches us something in his historical novels.Published 2 months ago by Sylvia R. Brown
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