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The poisoned island, Lloyd Shepherd

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The poisoned island
Title
The poisoned island
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Lloyd Shepherd
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Language
eng
Summary
London 1812. For forty years Britain has dreamed of the Pacific island of Tahiti, a dark paradise of bloody cults and beautiful natives. Now, decades after the first voyage of Captain Cook, a new ship returns to London, crammed with botanical specimens and, it seems, the mysteries of Tahiti. When, days after the Solander's arrival, some of its crew are found dead and their sea-chests ransacked - their throats slashed, faces frozen into terrible smiles - John Harriott, magistrate of the Thames river police, puts Constable Charles Horton in charge of the investigation. But what connects the crewmen's dying dreams with the ambitions of the ship's principal backer, Sir Joseph Banks of the Royal Society?
Summary
London 1812. The arrival of the Solander is something of an event among the social and cultural cognoscenti of the metropolis. After all, what could be more romantic than a restaging of Captain Cook's first voyage on the Endeavour? Hundreds of cuttings from the paradise island of Otaheite have been planted throughout the ship, intended to stock the gardens and greenhouses of Kew, the place in which English horticulture is fused with British ambition. For according to Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society, it is by owning and adapting the natural world to its own ends that Britain will shape the future of the world. Banks has asked that John Harriott, magistrate of the Thames river police, take a personal interest in the ship's security. When, one by one, members of the Solander crew are found dead in their beds, their faces twisted into hideous expressions, their sea chests ransacked, Hopkins puts detective Charles Horton in charge of the investigation. As Horton and his wife, Abigail, are drawn deeper into the twisting streets of riverside Wapping, it becomes clear that this is a story that began far from the London docks, near the foot of great Tahiti Nui, in the shadow of the dead volcano and beneath the hungry eyes of unforgiving ancient gods.
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10234608
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
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Shepherd, Lloyd
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Banks, Joseph
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Botanists
  • London (England)
  • Tahiti (French Polynesia : Island)
Target audience
adult
Label
The poisoned island, Lloyd Shepherd
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000051047338
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
487 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781471236334
Isbn Type
(pbk.) :
System control number
(OCoLC)840432227
Label
The poisoned island, Lloyd Shepherd
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000051047338
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
487 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781471236334
Isbn Type
(pbk.) :
System control number
(OCoLC)840432227

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