One Night With Finnbar by Leo D'Lance
One Night With Finnbar by Leo D’Lance is the story of two men; Martin Atwater and Finnbar, a bondservant.
This tale of revenge, blackmail, betrayal, and murder is set in the Georgian era of 1767, in London, England where the infraction of any of the over 160 laws in the Bloody Code could see a man hanged.
It begins when Martin visits his uncle’s country estate where he discovers a strikingly handsome stable boy; a bondservant called Finnbar. Martin’s uncle has secured a commission for him in the Royal Fusiliers, and he convinces his uncle to allow him to take Finnbar along to be trained as his orderly.
Back in London, waiting for the commencement of his enlistment, Martin grows bored and restless. He quickly falls back into his old routine of drinking, gambling, and a barely closeted homosexual lifestyle. It’s only a matter of time before it all catches up with him.
Finnbar is forced to live by his own resources when he is turned away from the posh gentlemen’s club where Martin is staying. But London is unforgiving for an innocent country boy, and Finnbar must quickly learn how to navigate this dangerously unfamiliar world.
Just as Martin’s plans for escaping his ill-spent past seem to be coming together, Edmond Mattox, a sinister figure from his boarding school days, appears on the scene to exact revenge and settle an old score.
To satisfy his blackmailer’s demands, Martin sacrifices Finnbar. But Martin has a score of his own to settle, and in a fit of rage, he murders Mattox.
But who will pay the price?
Written for an adult readership.
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Leo D”Lance enjoys his retirement from public life in a small mid-western town. He spent many years as a Civil War reenactor and has always had a passion for historical research and historical fiction. D’Lance is currently working on his next novel.