By Barbara Hamilton
Learn Barbara Hamilton's blogs and different content material at the Penguin neighborhood. "Abigail Adams might turn into my favourite old sleuth." (Sharon Kay Penman) Abigail Adams, spouse of lawyer John Adams-who is deeply concerned with the Sons of Liberty-is stunned while one of many Sons is accused of homicide. Did the crime come up from the romantic pageant for the daughter of a well-known Royalist-or used to be it politically influenced? Abigail and John think the accused is blameless, notwithstanding the proof opposed to him is powerful. whereas John works to transparent his client's identify, Abigail starts off her personal research, and shortly learns numerous disagreeable proof in regards to the lifeless guy, issues that vastly bring up the variety of attainable suspects. yet as she pursues the reality, the killer pursues her- threatening not just Abigail yet her susceptible relatives.
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And in these times—given that Harry and his Grenadiers had been among the men who’d stood guard at Griffin’s Wharf in December to keep the British tea-ships from unloading their cargoes—the only crime Abigail could think of that would involve arrest by the Provost Marshal would be treason. That being the case, was Harry’s arrest only the first, with more to come? Abigail shivered, and not simply because yesterday’s snow lay thick in Brattle Street outside. “We bear the stain of our deeds on our foreheads, or on our right hands, as the Book of Revelation teaches us: Though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God.
What mark—she could not keep herself from wondering— would this decision about where the boundaries of the Lord’s Day lay leave on Sam’s head and hand and heart, once the goal of political representation for the colonies in Parliament was achieved? Would the Sons of Liberty disband then? Or would they begin to turn on one another, as the ancient Romans did? Or on anyone they perceived as an enemy to whatever the new order was? And in that case— “Mrs. ” Pattie, who was standing at the front door even as Abigail stepped out of the study into the hall again, turned, and beyond her Abigail saw a cloaked form on the threshold in the dusk.
She saw Johnny catch Nabby’s eye and giggle, and Abigail reached across to pinch the boy’s arm. “How many seek out the Mark of the Beast for themselves, without which no man might buy or sell, save that he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name? So consider your desires and whether they are worth the consequence. Is anything worth God’s punishment of exile, and vagabondage, and living as Cain lived on through the rest of his mortal span, out from the presence of the Lord?
A Marked Man by Barbara Hamilton