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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Liss Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597107341
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Benjamin Weaver, the quick-witted pugilist turned private investigator, who was first introduced in the Edgar Award-winning novel, THE CONSPIRACY OF PAPER, returns. While inquiring into some threatening notes sent to a Church of England priest, Weaver is arrested for the murder of a dockworker. After his conviction, engineered by a crooked judge who has blatantly instructed the jury to disregard the truth, Weaver escapes from prison, intent upon proving his innocence. Meanwhile, Great Britain is reeling from a financial scandal that has sent the economy into a downward spiral; it is also preparing for a general parliamentary election - an event that happens only every seven years. Not generally someone to get caught up in politics, Benjamin Weaver finds himself caught in the crossfire of election trickery as he attempts to clear his name. The question remains, however: What good is proving his innocence, again, when having done so once only resulted in conviction? Instead, he is determined to work against his enemies and learn their secrets to try to discover why he has been singled out for this prosecution. The most likely engineer of his ruin is Dennis Dogmill, a tobacco importer and the election agent of the Whig candidate for the Westminster Parliamentary seat. Dogmill's opponent, and Weaver's unlikely ally, is Griffin Melbury, the Tory candidate and the husband of his cousin's widow, Miriam, whom Weaver once sought to marry. To discover the truth about the plot against him, Weaver disguises himself as a newly returned West Indian plantation owner. He must integrate himself with London society and political manipulators in order to learn the truth. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 2/9/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as the other Liss books I've read, which were excellent. Weaver is still an interesting character, and the writing is very good, but the plot in this one was pretty convoluted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 1/28/2014

    " This is a good sequel to A Conspiracy of Paper. The story doesn't repeat itself and moves along. I really like the main character and his possibilities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rimma | 1/27/2014

    " This sequel is probably not quite as unexpected as the first book, but the story is engaging nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/15/2014

    " This time Benjamin Weaver and David Liss take on 18th C. electioneering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/10/2014

    " I'd give it 3 1/2 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mommalibrarian | 1/5/2014

    " mellower than the earlier books in the sequel. This one imparts fewer facts of Jewish life or 18th century England. The historical information included concerns the election process for parliament which for me was not as dry as the previous tales of finance and markets. This book dwells more on the personalities of the characters of which Benjamin Weaver is again the central one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 12/23/2013

    " The sequel to A Conspiracy of Paper, I think this book was even better. Benjamin Weaver is an action hero and a thinker and just fun - the plot was well constructed and the sense of mystery and adventure entertaining. I'm only sorry that I'm now caught up with all of David Liss's historical novels! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 12/17/2013

    " A fun book, but not as good as "A Conspiracy of Paper". Learned a little about Whigs vs. Tories, so that made it fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nirav | 7/27/2013

    " This was a nicely written book - a follow-up to his earlier A Conspiracy of Paper. It features a similar plot sequence and the hero, Benjamin Weaver, is back as a Jewish ex-boxer turned 'thief-taker.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Orr | 5/8/2013

    " Now that is how to write a last page! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 4/29/2013

    " Still glad I found this author. Revisits his characters from A Conspiracy of Paper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 1/8/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel---I never know quite what to expect from a second book, but I was not disappointed. Benjamin Weaver lives as strong as ever! The dialogue is convincing, and the setting and time are completely transporting. My cudos to Mr. Liss for another great novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Straker | 12/24/2012

    " In this second volume of the Benjamin Weaver series, Liss again provides excellent characterization and a vivid picture of life in England circa 1722. Here's hoping that subsequent episodes bring us more of the vivacious Grace Dogmill and less of the increasingly drippy Miriam. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 10/31/2012

    " Liss's third novel and the sequel to his first, "A Conspiracy of Paper." An improvment over the earlier book in narrative pace and style. Interesting political history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/26/2012

    " Fascinating look into the jury and penal system as well as 18th century British politics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 12/6/2011

    " The author really manages to capture the corruption of a specific period of history and the characters. Although I have not read the first book in the series, it really doesn't matter, since the novel keeps on going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 6/30/2011

    " Even though the book takes place hundreds of years ago, the aspects of political corruption haven't changed, unfortunetly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrett | 4/30/2011

    " I love the character of pugilist Benjamin Weaver. Really great historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 4/14/2011

    " This time Benjamin Weaver and David Liss take on 18th C. electioneering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanna | 3/26/2011

    " This second book to feature Benjamin Weaver, a most interesting character, was too leisurely for me. I almost gave it up in the middle. But it was overall worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/15/2011

    " Didn't like this as much as "Conspiracy of paper" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina | 11/11/2010

    " I have enjoyed each of Liss' books less than the last, sadly. I had a very hard time getting though this one, although the setting was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 10/6/2010

    " A political potboiler set in 1722 London. Nice read. I was struck by the degree to which the story is told through dialogue. Lots of two-way conversations explaining what's going on. Some writers can get away with that, I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 5/6/2010

    " A jolly good historical read. Really gives you an idea of what it was like living in London in the 1700s (hint: dirty, with lice and fleas and full chamber post lying about). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 4/30/2010

    " Murder mystery set in early 18th century London. It has an intricate, layered plot; well-developed, likeable/hateable characters.

    Great read - I'm a big fan of Liss's writing. "

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About the Author
Author David Liss

David Liss is the author six novels, most recently The Devil’s Company. He has several bestselling novels, including, A Conspiracy of Paper, winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, The Coffee Trader, A Spectacle of Corruption, The Ethical Assassin, and The Whiskey Rebels. In 2008, at the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Bali, Indonesia, he was named an Artist for Integrity by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. No one is really sure why he should receive this honor or what it means, but it very possibly makes him the Bono of historical fiction. David Liss’ novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.