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The gun-maker's gift

The gun-maker's gift

Plampin, Matthew; Hancock, Lewis

Spring, 1853. After a display at the Great Exhibition in London, American entrepreneur and inventor Colonel Samuel Colt expands his gun-making business into England. As pistols start to go missing, divided loyalties and hidden agendas make the gun-maker's factory the setting for a tense story of intrigue, betrayal and murder

CD, CD, Audiobook. English. Historical fiction. Audiobooks. Historical.
Published Bath: Oakhill, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: Matthew Plampin
ISBN: 1846488796, 9781846488795
Note: Compact discs.
Performers: Read by Lewis Hancock.
Physical Description: 12 sound discs (14 hr., 40 min.) : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in.
Subject: Colt, Samuel, 1814-1862 Fiction.; Gunsmithing England History 19th century Fiction.; Irish England Social conditions 19th century Fiction.; Businesspeople Fiction.; Great Britain History 19th century Fiction.

Author note

Matthew Plampin was born in 1975 and grew up in Essex. He read English and History of Art at the University of Birmingham and then completed a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He now lectures on nineteenth-century art and architecture. The Street Philosopher was his first novel, and The Gun-Maker's Gift is his second novel.

Description

A novel of intrigue, violence and conflicted loyalties from the author of The Street Philosopher.

Spring, 1853. After a triumphant display at the Great Exhibition in London, the legendary American entrepreneur and inventor Colonel Samuel Colt expands his gun-making business into England. He acquires a riverside warehouse in Pimlico and sets about converting it into a pistol works capable of mass producing his patented revolvers on an unprecedented scale - aware that the prospect of war with Russia means huge profits.

The young, ambitious Edward Lowry is hired by Colt to act as his London secretary. Although initially impressed by the Colonel's dynamic approach to his trade, Edward comes to suspect that the American's intentions in the Metropolis are not all they appear.

Meanwhile, the secretary becomes romantically involved with Caroline Knox, a headstrong woman from the machine floor - who he discovers is caught up in a plot to steal revolvers from the factory's stores. Among the workforce Colt has gathered from the seething mass of London's poor are a gang of desperate Irish immigrants, embittered refugees from the potato famine, who intend to use these stolen six-shooters for a political assassination in the name of revenge. As pistols start to go missing, divided loyalties and hidden agendas make the gun-maker's factory the setting for a tense story of intrigue, betrayal and murder.

Reviews

Praise for THE STREET PHILOSOPHER:

'A galloping good story' The Times

'Lust, avarice, envy, revenge all play their part in this brilliantly told, well-paced story, which also begs the question, so relevant today, of just how close to action journalists and recorders of war should be allowed' Daily Mail

'Plampin's historical research is impressive, as is his command of detail..his true gift of descriptive power'
Independent on Sunday