London: Collins, 1986. [Historical fiction]. FIRST EDITION, octavo (23 x 15cm), pp.301; , blank. Library binding of blue faux leather, gilt titles to spine, dust-jacket with printed price of £9.95 net. A tidy ex-library copy; few discreet markings to copyright page, a couple of faint tape marks to ends, lacks flyleaf, jacket fine but for a little rubbing to spine tips. It's 1813, and Sharpe discovers a corrupt political enemy has diverted his recruits to sell them at auction. When he gets close to the source, the ring leaders try to kill him. Sharpe risks charges of treason to expose corruption at the highest level. The novel exposes the recruiting practices that, in fact, scandalized England and brought down prominent royal advisors. Item #54683
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