The Black Moth Paperback
Jack Carstares, the disgraced Earl of Wyncham, left England seven long years ago, sacrificing his honour for that of his brother when he was accused of cheating at cards.
Now he is back, roaming his beloved South Country in the disguise of a highwayman. Not long after his return, he encounters his old adversary, the libertine Duke of Andover, just in time to dispute at the point of his sword the attempted abduction of a society beauty.
But foiled once, the 'Black Moth' has no intention of failing again.
With this peerlessly romantic and dashing story shows Georgette Heyer's great skills fully formed even at an incredibly young age - and how she was set to work over the hearts of readers around the world.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/01/2004
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780099466192
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Review by Condorena
Every time I read this book and it is worth rereading, I am flabbergasted by the fact that Georgette Heyer began it when she was fifteen years old. The characters are very well drawn with a subtle mixture of emotional depths that is very insightful. Even her villain is quite three dimensional with an intriguing blend of good and bad that made him in the end quite likable. <br/><br/>Nobody does period speech as well as Heyer and she has been much emulated. If I had to compare Heyer with Jane Austen all I can say it I have read her more often and more repeatedly that any of Austin's works in which case once was enough.