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Golden Hill
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Golden Hill
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One rainy evening in November, a handsome young stranger fresh off the boat pitches up at a counting-house door in Golden Hill Street: this is Mr Smith, amiable, charming, yet strangely determined to keep suspicion simmering. For in his pocket, he has what seems to be an order for a thousand pounds, a huge amount, and he won't explain why, or where he comes from, or what he can be planning to do in the colonies that requires so much money. Should the New York merchants trust him? Should they risk their credit and refuse to pay? Should they befriend him, seduce him, arrest him- maybe even kill him?
One rainy evening in November, a handsome young stranger fresh off the boat pitches up at a counting-house door in Golden Hill Street: this is Mr Smith, amiable, charming, yet strangely determined to keep suspicion simmering. For in his pocket, he has what seems to be an order for a thousand pounds, a huge amount, and he won't explain why, or where he comes from, or what he can be planning to do in the colonies that requires so much money. Should the New York merchants trust him? Should they risk their credit and refuse to pay? Should they befriend him, seduce him, arrest him- maybe even kill him?
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  • AudioFile Magazine In 1746, a new arrival to New York City, a 24-year-old Londoner named Smith, finds himself temporarily without funds and forced to live by his wits on Manhattan's less-than-charitable streets. Sarah Borges has a smooth as syrup voice, which is fine except that her narration lacks the edginess called for by the situations and characters in this novel. Smith has a knack for getting into difficulty, and his adventures pile up, including being mistaken for a papist; being chased by a crazed mob; sitting in a prison cell; and experiencing a near lynching, an unusual romance, and a political scandal. Borges's narration doesn't deliver the electricity needed to animate the colorful characters, especially the hapless Smith. Luckily, Spufford's award-winning first novel speaks for itself and definitely deserves a listen. S.J.H. � AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine
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