Thieves' Quarry

Thieves' Quarry

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Using magic to hunt miscreants in pre-Revolutionary War Boston, Ethan Kaille is tapped to investigate the mysterious deaths of one hundred Royal Navy soldiers whom the sheriff believes were targeted by a dark arts conjurer.

McMillan Palgrave

Ethan Kaille isn't the likeliest hero. A former sailor with a troubled past, Ethan is a thieftaker, using conjuring skills to hunt down those who steal from the good citizens of Boston. And while chasing down miscreants in 1768 makes his life a perilous one, the simmering political tensions between loyalists like himself and rabble-rousing revolutionaries like Samuel Adams and others of his ilk are perhaps even more dangerous to his health.
When one hundred sailors of King George III's Royal Navy are mysteriously killed on a ship in Boston Harbor, Ethan is thrust into dire peril. For he—and not Boston's premier thieftaker, Sephira Pryce—is asked to find the truth behind their deaths. City Sheriff Edmund Greenleaf suspects conjuring was used in the dastardly crime, and even Pryce knows that Ethan is better equipped to contend with matters of what most of Boston considers dark arts. But even Ethan is daunted by magic powerful enough to fell so many in a single stroke. When he starts to investigate, he realizes that the mass murderer will stop at nothing to evade capture. And making his task more difficult is the British fleet's occupation of the city after the colonials' violent protests after the seizure of John Hancock's ship. Kaille will need all his own magic, street smarts, and a bit of luck to keep this Boston massacre from giving the hotheads of Colonial Boston an excuse for inciting a riot—or worse.
Thieves' Quarry is a stunning second novel in D. B. Jackson's Thieftaker Chronicles.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2014, c2013
ISBN: 9780765366078
Branch Call Number: PB FANTASY JAC
Characteristics: 358 p. :,map ;,18 cm.


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JCLJaredH Jul 15, 2013

Urban fantasy and history. Who knew that they could go so well together? The sequel to Thieftaker, Ethan Kaile is back with all his strengths, weaknesses, and magic. Jackson does a wonderful job of bringing out the tension between colonial Boston and the English crown as Kaile tries to solve his latest mystery. All the characters, both fictional and historical, have realistic personalities (except for Miss Pryce who still seems over the top). You don't need to have read Thieftaker to enjoy this book. Jackson does a good job of explaining previous stories without detracting from this one. A great read for fans of Harry Dresden

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