EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, 1788. When respected Gentleman and City Councillor, Deacon William Brodie, chases his love of gambling, he is drawn into a double life and soon the respectability of day gives way to a life of crime at night.
Betrayed by an accomplice, and revealed as a "Gentleman by day, thief by night," Brodie escapes to London where he is helped to leave for Holland. Eventually captured in Amsterdam and returned to Edinburgh, he is then faced with a trial before a city where once he was a leading citizen.
In Edinburgh's High Court, Brodie is found guilty and sentenced to be hanged, but his closest friend has a different idea and, in full view of everyone, he takes his riskiest gamble yet . . . his life for the turn of a card.
Based on the true story of one of Edinburgh's most infamous sons, Deacon Brodie: A Double Life is a novel by Scottish author David Hutchison, and is available as either a Paperback or eBook. There is also a first-three-chapters sample, in eBook form, which may be downloaded (see links below).
|Reviews of Deacon Brodie: A Double Life|
|" . . . beautifully crafted. You'll have to read this excellent book . . ." - Undiscovered Scotland|
|"Beautifully and delightfully written . . . a must read!" - Amazon|
|"A superb read, once you start to read this book you will find it hard to put down. Excellent!"|
|"An exciting novel that packs a punch right to the very end. An excellent read that I would, unequivocally, recommend."|
|"The vivid descriptions and twisting of the historical facts make for a riveting story. Highly recommend!"|
|"Hutchison makes this story come alive. He allows us to soak up the flavours and savours of Edinburgh that make the novel akin to a screenplay."|
|"I would strongly commend the skill of the author . . . a joy and a pleasure to read. I highly recommend this book."|
|"David Hutchison is a terrific author, making his characters and story come to life. A hard book to put down."|
|". . . this is one for any reader, not just fans of Historical Fiction. Highly recommended." - Goodreads|
|"A wonderful (true) tale . . . brings Edinburgh of the 18th century and Deacon Brodie to life. Great historical crime fiction." - Barnes & Noble|
|"The writing is very polished and elegant . . . the most entertaining historical fiction I [have] read on this site." - Andreea Daia 'Duplicity' @ Authonomy|
|"Deacon William Brodie is brought to life in this historical novel . . . Like many great criminals of literature, Brodie has a lot of style, panache and gumption . . . it's hard not to be charmed by him. I give this novel three out of four stars" - Online Book Club|