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Recently jilted and increasingly unhinged, Dr. Voth throws himself into his work, obsessively researching the life of Jack Sheppard, a legendary 18th-century thief. No one knows Jack's true story - his confessions have never been found. That is, until Dr. Voth discovers a mysterious stack of papers titled "Confessions of the Fox".

Dated 1724, the manuscript tells the story of an orphan named P. Sold into servitude at 12, P struggles for years with her desire to live as "Jack". When P falls dizzyingly in love with Bess, a sex worker looking for freedom of her own, P begins to imagine a different life. Bess brings P into the London underworld where scamps and rogues clash with London's newly established police force, queer subcultures thrive, and ominous threats of an oncoming plague abound. At last, P becomes Jack Sheppard, one of the most notorious - and most wanted - thieves in history.

Back in the present, Dr. Voth works feverishly day and night to authenticate the manuscript. But he's not the only one who wants Jack's story - and some people will do whatever it takes to get it. As both Jack and Voth are drawn into corruption and conspiracy, it becomes clear that their fates are intertwined - and only a miracle will save them both.

©2018 Jordy Rosenberg (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Superb!!!

Superb book. Loved it. Highly recommend for those looking for books with LGBTQ themes and the early Atlantic World.

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Simply stunning!

Nothing short of a literary tour-de-force. A major novel. I literally sobbed at the end. Beautiful, engaging writing throughout. An absolute must-read for any lover of literature.

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Pretentious in need of a good story

I rarely don’t finish a book but this was impossible to tolerate after the first few chapters. The pseudo-academic pretentiousness was tedious. The narrator was pretty awful and monotonous too with a few lame attempts at a British accent.

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