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The King’s Beast

A Mystery of the American Revolution

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When Duncan McCallum is asked by Benjamin Franklin to retrieve an astonishing cache of fossils from the Kentucky wilderness, his excitement as a naturalist blinds him to his treacherous path. But as murderers stalk him Duncan discovers that the fossils of this American incognitum are not nearly as mysterious as the political intrigue driving his mission. The Sons of Liberty insist, without explaining why, that the only way to keep the king from pursuing a bloody war with America is for Duncan to secretly deliver the fossils to Franklin in London.

His journey becomes a nightmare of deceit and violence as he seeks the cryptic link between the bones and the king. Every layer that Duncan peels away invites new treachery by those obsessed with crushing American dissent. With each attempt on his life, Duncan questions the meaning of the liberty he and the Sons seek. His last desperate hope for survival, and the rescue of his aged native friend Conawago—imprisoned in Bedlam—requires the help of freed slaves, an aristocratic maiden, a band of street urchins, and the gods of his tribal allies.


ELIOT PATTISON is the author of the Inspector Shan series, which includes The Skull Mantra, winner of an Edgar Award and finalist for the Gold Dagger. He is also the author of the five previous titles in the Bone Rattler series, most recently Savage Liberty. Pattison resides in rural Pennsylvania with his wife, son, three horses, and three dogs on a colonial era farm.


Praise for Eliot Pattison’s Books

Winner of the Edgar Award
Finalist for the Golden Dagger Award
Nominee for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Named a best thriller by CNN, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon
Named one of the best reading group books of all time by Book Sense
A Borders “Original Voices” and Barnes & Noble “Discover New Writers” selection

“Compelling.” —

“Intriguing…compelling.” ―San Francisco Chronicle

“Reviewers frequently compare a new writer to Tony Hillerman; here is a truly possible successor.” ―Boston Globe

“A thriller of laudable aspirations and achievements.” ―Chicago Tribune

“Thrilling and riveting.” ―Denver Post

“Erudite, eloquent, and entertaining, Pattison thrills.” ―Booklist (starred review)

“Edgar-winner Pattison remains without peer at integrating a fair-play whodunit into a searing portrayal of life under an oppressive and capricious regime.” —Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

“A cocktail of action and adventure … A great read.”―The Guardian


Praise for Savage Liberty

A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery of the Year
1 of 21 Crime Novels Set During Revolutions and Rebellions (CrimeReads)

“Pattison has few peers when it comes to integrating historical events into a complex but plausible whodunit plot.” —Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

“For those who enjoy politics, history, and hairbreadth escapes swirled together.” —Library Journal

“This fifth entry in Pattison’s Bone Rattler series advances McCallum’s personal life as it exhibits the seamless blend of fiction and history that distinguishes this fine series. A timely reminder, as well, of what liberty meant to our forebears.” —Booklist

“Prepare to be immersed in this story of early America . . . This is historical writing at its best, with plenty of action and suspense. It’s difficult to put down.” —Historical Novel Society

“A passionate and intelligent tale of the American revolutionary period and a decent murder mystery to boot. Savage Liberty is a page-turning thriller with a deeply researched and beautifully authentic backdrop. An absorbing story with memorable scenes and characters . . . A thoroughly entertaining read.” —Nudge Books

“An absorbing thriller which takes place behind the lines of the American Resistance.” —Scottish Field

“Most interesting is Pattison’s attention to historical details typically omitted from high school history class, as well as incorporation of Native American lore and practice.” —Internet Review of Books


Praise for the Bone Rattler Series

The Last of the Mohicans meets Braveheart, with a curious dash of CSI.” —Entertainment Weekly

“If this were a movie, we’d marvel at the set decoration that splendidly evokes the period. The excellent prose narrative goes right to the matter in question, the state of the (pre-Colonial) human heart.” —Chicago Tribune

“Pattison’s moving characters, intricate plot and masterful evocation of the time, including sensitive depictions of the effects of the European war of Native Americans, set this leagues beyond most historicals and augur well for future entries in this series.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


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