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Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others...until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.

Suddenly, he faces another conjurer of enormous power, someone unknown, who is part of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of power in the turbulent colony. His adversary has already killed--and not for his own gain, but in the service of his powerful masters, people for whom others are mere pawns in a game of politics and power. Ethan is in way over his head, and he knows it. Already a man with a dark past, he can ill afford to fail, lest his livelihood be forfeit. But he can'tstop now, for his magic has marked him, so he must fight the odds, even though he seems hopelessly overmatched, his doom seeming certain at the spectral hands of one he cannot even see.

Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765327611
Branch Call Number: FIC JACK
Characteristics: pages cm


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KimLangley Nov 11, 2014

I liked the attention to historical detail, and found the main character an interesting fellow with plenty of complexity and with the misfortune of living in interesting times!

I think that lovers of the Harry Dresden novels might enjoy this.

I will be following the series now that I'm hooked!

bookfanatic1979 Jun 19, 2014

This is pretty much a straight-up historical mystery, except for the fact that Kaille (and various others) can also work spells. The “magical” element is an integral part of the plot, and Jackson does a very good job of making it believable in an otherwise mundane “real life” world.

JCLJaredH Feb 18, 2013

An urban fantasy story with a twist. Not only is it set in the past, Ethan Kaille is a departure from the normal female protagonist of the genre. He reminded me a lot of Jim Butcher's character Harry Dresden (see the book Storm Front). Great characters with a fun mix of history and magic.

Sep 10, 2012

Good story. I will be seeking out more by D.B. Jackson.
Good characters, reasonable feel for historic local and behaviors.
The magic is the dullest part. Very mechanical and repetitive.


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