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The Thieves' Opera

by Lucy Moore

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The criminal underworld of Georgian London, the notorious “Thief-Taker” Jonathan Wild, and infamous housebreaker Jack Sheppard are the subjects in this deftly told history.
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Excelent, fascinating story full of historical information but with interesting narrative also. The stories of Jonathan Wild and
Jack Sheppard. Moore has managed to write a consistent story while
giving a huge amount of period background. Easy to read but not fast due to the large amount of information.

Gives a great sence of the era early 1700's, the thieftaker concept
and the state of crime in London society. ( )
  Ideiosepius | Dec 12, 2010 |
Wild, Jonathan, 1682?-1725/Sheppard, Jack, 1702-1724/Criminals > England > London > Biography/Crime > England > London > History > 18th/century
  Budzul | Jun 1, 2008 |
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The criminal underworld of Georgian London, the notorious “Thief-Taker” Jonathan Wild, and infamous housebreaker Jack Sheppard are the subjects in this deftly told history.

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From Publishers Weekly: For sheer decadence, no city, ancient or modern, rivaled 18th-century London. In its jumbled streets roamed predatory prostitutes, cunning thieves and street gangs who, for a lark, would chop off the noses of passersby. Lucy Moore debuts impressively with a vivid portrait of that city's most infamous villains: "the famous house-breaker and gaol-breaker" Jack Sheppard, and his arch-nemesis, Jonathan Wild, a self-appointed "quasi-servant of the law." . . [T]his is a strong bet for fans of Caleb Carr's fiction and of historical crime stories in general. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white period engravings by William Hogarth.
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