Bellman & Black

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Bellman & Black

By Diane Setterfield

Atria Books, Paperback, 9781476711997, 328pp.

Publication Date: June 10, 2014

From the instant #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Thirteenth Tale" comes a poetic and mysterious ("Booklist") ghost story that will haunt you to your very core.
Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don t forget
Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William's life, his fortunes begin to turn and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.
And Bellman & Black is born.

About the Author
Diane Setterfield is the #1 "New York Times"bestselling author of "The Thirteenth Tale, "and a former academic, specializing in twentieth-century French literature, particularly the works of Andre Gide. She lives in Yorkshire, England.