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In Thieftaker , D. B. Jackson delivers a thrilling debut tale of magic and intrigue that will leave readers breathless and eager for more Ethan Kaille.

Boston, 1765: The British Crown imposes onerous taxes on the thirteen colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. For Ethan Kaille, a conjurer who makes his living tracking down thieves, politics is for others...until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family. A man with a dark past, Ethan can ill afford to turn this case down.

But taking the case means facing the most powerful members of Boston's high society and its seamy underbelly. And behind it all, another conjurer waits, who has already killed in the service of powerful masters. Ethan is in way over his head, hopelessly overmatched by the deadly spellcraft of someone he cannot even see.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765366061
Branch Call Number: APB Jac #001 3565
Characteristics: 385 p. :,map


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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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