The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington
Hanover Square Press
On Sale: July 2, 2019
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A thought-provoking novel that imagines what would
have happened if the British had succeeded in kidnapping
General George Washington.
British special agent Jeremiah Black, an officer of the
Kingâ€™s Guard, lands on a lonely beach in the wee hours of
the morning in late November 1780. The revolution is in full
swing but has become deadlocked. Black is here to change all
His mission, aided by Loyalists, is to kidnap George
Washington and spirit him back to London aboard the HMS
Peregrine, a British sloop of war that is waiting
closely offshore. Once he lands, though, the â€śaid by
Loyalistsâ€ť proves problematic because some would prefer just
to kill the general outright. Black managesâ€”justâ€”to get
Washington aboard the Peregrine, which sails away.
Upon their arrival in London, Washington is imprisoned in
the Tower to await trial on charges of high treason.
Englandâ€™s most famous barristers seek to represent him but
he insists on using an American. He chooses Abraham
Hobhouse, an American-born barrister with an English wifeâ€”a
man who doesnâ€™t really need the work and thinks the
â€ścareer-buildingâ€ť case will be easily resolved through a
settlement of the revolution and Washingtonâ€™s release. But
as greater political and military forces swirl around them
and peace seems ever more distant, Hobhouse finds that he is
the only thing keeping Washington from the hangmanâ€™s noose.
Drawing inspiration from a rumored kidnapping plot hatched
in 1776 by a member of Washingtonâ€™s own Commander-in-Chief
Guard, Charles Rosenberg has written a compelling novel that
envisions what would take place if the leader of Americaâ€™s
fledgling rebellion were taken from the nation at the height
of the war, imperiling any chance of victory.
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