Benjamin Weaver is a man of many talents. He started out as boxer and was even a highway robber, but eventually he became a sometimes protector, guardian, bailiff, constable-for-hire and even thief taker. All of which suits him well with his love of fighting and independence.
After his father dies under mysterious circumstances, Benjamin feels like he must investigate, especially since he had been estranged from his father and his family for years. Unfortunately, the case may involve the notorious crime lord, Jonathan Wild, who controls London’s underworld. Benjamin’s fists may not be enough as powerful forces battle it out in A Conspiracy of Paper.
This is the first book in a series by David Liss set in England during the 1720’s. This was a time of upheaval in politics and religion as well as ostentatious displays of wealth and power while at the same time there was the ever present danger of debt and ruin. Benjamin, on the other hand, can never aspire to be a part of this English society since he is Jewish and will remain an outsider in his own country. This book is followed by A Spectacle of Corruption and The Devil’s Company. Liss is also the author of The Whiskey Rebels.