The Devil’s Company
By David Liss
Random House, 2009. 369 pgs. Fiction
Benjamin Weaver is back in this third installment of his adventures as thieftaker extraordinaire. It is 1722, just a few months after the events recorded in “A Spectacle of Corruption” and Weaver finds himself once again at the center of intrigue and deception. His closest friends and family have been threatened with ruin if he doesn’t infiltrate the mighty British East India Company. Benjamin Weaver is not the type of man to be made a pawn in someone else’s schemes but he is also desperate to keep those he loves from harm.
If you enjoy historical fiction and spy adventures, David Liss may be an undiscovered treasure. His attention to detail and historical accuracy is impressive and his intricate plots are filled with unexpected twists and turns. I recommend reading this series in order, beginning with “A Conspiracy of Paper” which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel.