Monday, May 30, 2016
A Spectacle of Corruption
I should have liked A Spectacle of Corruption much more than I did. It's well written, protagonist Benjamin Weaver has an interesting backstory, and there's plenty of intrigue and action. However, like A Conspiracy of Paper and The Coffee Trader, it left me cold. Six months after the events of A Conspiracy of Paper, Benjamin finds himself convicted of murder. He manages to escape and, acting mostly under an assumed identity, gets involved in the upcoming election while clearing his name. The problem was, I just didn't care. I had no doubt that Benjamin would clear his name, but also little interest in how he did it. The political machinations of the Whigs and Tories appeal to me more in non-fiction than as the electoral backdrop to Weaver's story. A Spectacle of Corruption is a good book, just not quite for me.