The Nathaniel Parry Trilogy
Riot and Retribution
Napoleon's Gold - The Wages of Sin
Official site of Alex E. Robertson: Author of "Riot and Retribution" and "Napoleon's Gold - The Wages of Sin"
The first novel, Riot and Retribution, is a historical thriller set in the early 1830s - a tale of Passion and Intrigue - from Bath to Bristol and the High China Sea, about 30 years after Jane Austen’s books, just before the Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist, but 50 years before the appearance of Sherlock Holmes and interest in forensic detectives.
This novel is the first of a planned trilogy of stories. They will span the 1830s and the days of domestic riot, to the outbreak of the Opium War with China and will serve up the passions, delights and evils of the time for your delectation. Napoleon's Gold - The Wages of Sin has been written and will be available before Christmas 2017.
The story starts in October 1831 when Britain was in social and political turmoil and Nathaniel Parry arrives in Bath to investigate. He is soon drawn into deeper waters than those provided in the steaming baths. In the social masquerade few are quite what they seem, and the higher they are, the murkier their depths.Politicians, bankers and traders jostle for power and the greatest prizes of all are to be won in the exotic Far East.
Murder, opium and slavery, dealing with Chinese agents, the low life in Bath and the wharf-rat flotsam of Bristol Docks, not to mention the attractions of the Bath beauties, will tax his powers to the limit but he is as well prepared as he is going to be.He’s got a pair of percussion pistols, a swordstick and his dog.Riot and Retribution is available for purchase in several locations and online, see the Availability page of this site.
Upcoming Book Promotion Events
Witham Friary, Village Hall near Frome (UK): On Thursday 19 April 2018 (7.45 pm), Alex will be giving a talk at an event organised by the Withal Friary Family History Society. Non members welcome. The talk will explain the context of the novel: the political background of the early 1830s, contemporary attitudes towards drugs, trade and profit, the bizarre voting rules and attitudes to representation in the so-called Age of Reform, when democracy was frequently used as a term of abuse. It will also be possible to purchase a signed copy of the thriller, with special deals for book clubs.