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Tired of trying to live up to his father's high standards unsuccessfully, Jim Lloyd packs up his worldly possessions and heads off to the Malayan island of Penang. He intends to serve under the island's administrator, Captain Francis Light, in a bid to jump-start his fledgling writing career. He makes friends on the island and learns the ways of the people and the history of that beautiful place. All is not well as it seems that old adversaries have cast envious eyes on the island with plans that can only lead to bloodshed. The wolves have entered the sheep pen unseen, and trust is the new legal tender. Can Jim separate fact from fiction, or will his love for the lucre Penang has to offer cost him everything he holds dear? Loyalties will be clearly defined in E.S. Alexander's Lies That Blind: A Novel of Late 18th Century Penang.
E.S. Alexander's Georgian era classic is simply stunning. The attention to detail is nothing short of perfect with her storyline carrying the mood of constant conflict that was the order of the day in The British East Indies at the time. Her writing style and character creation are reminiscent of Jane Austen's with a harder-hitting edge but more graphic; getting fired for suggesting one can buy elbow grease does not get any funnier. I daresay it would be difficult to top this. The suspense stays heightened all through the story right up to the shocking culmination. Lies That Blind: A Novel of Late 18th Century Penang is brilliant writing at its best.