The conceit of this alt-history novel is that, in an attempt to end the rebellion in the American colonies, the British successfully kidnap Gen. George Washington from his New Jersey encampment in the winter of 1780, and hustle him across the Atlantic to the Tower of London.
The official charge is treason, but the political reason is for him to be a bargaining chip to end this expensive war. Not all goes as planned, however. Washington is willing to hang for independence, and King George III is ready to see this rebel swing, and the sooner the better. It is up to England’s veteran prime minister and the inexperienced American ambassador to negotiate a deal that will save face and neck for all parties.
By taking a tiny footnote in American history and giving it several imaginative twists, lawyer and author Rosenberg (Death on a Higher Floor) has crafted a different and engaging novel.
VERDICT: There is enough derring-do here for those seeking an exciting read, and plenty of legal and political maneuvering to satisfy thrill seekers from the legal suspense genre.
—W. Keith McCoy, Somerset Cty. Lib. Syst., Bridgewater, NJ