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Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story
by Diane Setterfield

Published: 2013-11-05
Hardcover : 336 pages
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ONE MOMENT IN TIME CAN HAUNT YOU FOREVER.

Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and ...
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ONE MOMENT IN TIME CAN HAUNT YOU FOREVER.

Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don’t forget . . .

Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.

And Bellman & Black is born.

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Dark and gloomy
by JVKorte (see profile) 09/16/15
If you have to read it, do so when it's the only book left on your shelf.

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  "Bellman and Black"by JVKorte (see profile) 09/16/15

Gloomy, slow moving. Interesting towards the end. Not a happy book

 
  "Better the Second Time Around"by nbaker (see profile) 01/10/14

I dearly LOVED The Thirteenth Tale and made the mistake of reading Bellman & Black with the expectations that I would receive a similar story. Not going to happen. I closed the book disappointed and... (read more)

 
  "Bellman & Black"by Silversolara (see profile) 11/14/13

A rook was the beginning and the end for William Bellman.

Black was the color of the day for this book along with rooks, who according to the author never forget.

BELLMAN & BLACK was a



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