HIS MAJESTY'S HIGHWAYMAN by Donald Barr Chidsey

HIS MAJESTY'S HIGHWAYMAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A to-do about Thomas Savage, an unworldly student mistaken for the bloody Henry Tewkes and condemned to death, snatches him from a Tyburn hanging, compels him to impersonate his double and, in usurping Tewkes' reputation, brings him a chance for the King's pardon. Through actress Molly Evans, Lord Seares hires him to hold up the Duke of Cumberland for papers important to William Pitt; through his impersonation he is the target for paid bullies; he is driven to take on a boxing match and a duel; he has to confront blind Fielding, founder of the new police system; he is bound to find Molly's kidnaped son and get his revenge on Tewkes. And, successful on all counts, he is free to head for the New World, with her, for a new life. A run through of 1755 in England, this settles for canvas and greasepaint rather than three dimensions.

Pub Date: April 10th, 1958
Publisher: Crown