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1774: Ten weeks after the Boston Tea Party. Abigail Adams, wife of attorney John Adams, who is deeply involved with the Sons of Liberty—a secret organization opposing the Crown—remains as committed to the cause as her husband. And the arrest of one of the Sons comes as a shock to both of them. Because it isn’t for treason—it’s for murder . . .
The accused is young Henry Knox; the victim, a royal representative to the colonial court. Rumors begin swirling—did the murder indeed arise from the competition between the two for the affections of the daughter of a prominent Loyalist, or was it politically motivated?
Abigail and John believe Knox to be innocent, despite the strong evidence against him. While John works to clear his client’s name, Abigail begins her own investigation. But as she pursues the truth, the killer pursues her—threatening not only Abigail but her vulnerable family . . .
Near the outset of Hamilton s well-crafted second Abigail Adams mystery (after 2009 s The Ninth Daughter), 16-year-old Lucy Fluckner comes to Abigail for help. A good friend of Lucy s, 24-year-old bookseller Harry Knox, who prints pamphlets for the Sons of Liberty, has been arrested for the murder of Sir Joseph Cottrell, the King s Special Commissioner and, according to Lucy s Tory chaperone, Mrs. Sandhayes, Lucy s fianc . Lucy insists that the victim, a notorious womanizer, was not her fianc , her heart all too clearly belonging to the accused. Abigail and her lawyer husband, John, resolve to prove Harry innocent. The disappearance of a Negro servant woman from the house of Lucy s Loyalist parents adds to the intrigue. Hamilton once again brings to life colonial Boston on the brink of revolution, vividly portraying such noted patriots as Sam Adams, leader of the Sons of Liberty; silversmith Paul Revere; and Dr. Joseph Warren. The action builds to a bizarre if satisfying ending.