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A Companhia do Diabo (Benjamin Weaver #3)

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1722, Londres. Benjamin Weaver, judeu português, espadachim destemido, antigo pugilista e mestre do disfarce, vê-se aprisionado num jogo mortífero contra uma das figuras mais enigmáticas do seu tempo: Jerome Cobb.

Chantageado a roubar documentos com segredos valiosos da poderosa Companhia Britânica das Índia Orientais, cedo Benjamin se apercebe que esse roubo é apenas o pri
Paperback, Large Print, 390 pages
Published May 20th 2011 by Saída de Emergência (first published July 1st 2007)
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Adrián Lamo IMHO, yes. While references are made to characters that have appeared in other books, each book largely finds some pretense to flesh them out without…moreIMHO, yes. While references are made to characters that have appeared in other books, each book largely finds some pretense to flesh them out without boring ongoing readers.

Same for the plot - each one is a plot-in-a-box. While again, references may be made to other events, they can essentially be considered throwaways if you don't grok them. They're not important enough to get in the way of the instant plot set before you.(less)
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Peter Clothier
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Benjamin Weaver, the Jewish prize-figher turned "thief taker," who is the hero of David Liss's The Devil's Company, the third in the series of crime novels set in 18th century London. (The other two are The Whiskey Rebels and A Conspiracy of Paper.) Liss writes as Weaver, in the first person, in a pitch-perfect and convincing blend of contemporaneous slang and syntax with readable modern English. The author has a remarkable ability to evoke the stinking, muddy streets of a pre-s ...more
Ele Munjeli
Oct 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Set in London in the year 1722, the scenery might be the point of the novel; yet, David Liss manages to create memorable and individual characters that actually carry the day. Our hero, a retired boxer of Portugese-Jewish ancestry, is also a master of disguise and a wry wit. His sidekick is a lounge lizard Lothario of a surgeon, always ready for another glass of wine. The dialogs in the story were perhaps a strong point: the exchanges were natural, but sharp and informative. There is a strong se ...more
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One day while on vacation, I stepped into a local bookstore looking for a bit of literary adventure. I decided I wanted to read some fiction, instead of the usual history I tend to gravitate to. I randomly pulled off the shelf a book called the “Coffee Trader” by David Liss, not knowing a thing about the book or the author. The literary fates smiled upon me that day. I was amazed that a book set in 16th century Amsterdam could be so full on intrigue, suspense and absolutely thrilling to read. Af ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hope this is not the end of this series, since by now I'm finding it truly difficult to let Benjamin Weaver get out of my life. He and his friend Elias are fantastic characters, who have given me hours of enjoyment, as well as helped me understand the politics and economics of their time. I've followed their adventures with held breath, rooting for the unlucky former fighter and loving Elias for his full loyalty to his friend, ignoring the massive differences in status and position between the ...more
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don't know if there's a better historical mystery-thriller writer out there than David Liss. Following his impressive, "The Whiskey Rebels," Liss goes back to his continuing 18th century London character, Benjamin Weaver, a Jewish pugilist turned private detective.

This time, bad guys in the form of mysterious monied gentlemen, have Weaver over a barrel. If Weaver doesn't do their bidding, debts will be called in against his uncle, his best friend and a respected neighbor, and in those days, t
Rebecca Huston
If your taste runs to historical mystery/thriller novels, have I got a doozy for you today. Another novel in the ongoing series about Benjamin Weaver, a Jewish man in 18th century England, who happens to be a theif-taker among other things, this one explores international trade, and a deal that has gone very very badly. Weaver has to penetrate the secretive workings of the East India Company -- a company that doesn't like anyone poking into their affairs, and on the personal side of his life, st ...more
Natacha Martins
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Os livros do David Liss foram dos primeiros, da então nova editora Saída Emergência, a captar a minha atenção. A Saída de Emergência na altura veio trazer uma lufada de ar fresco ao mundo editorial, com as capas diferentes de todas as que até aí existiam, autores desconhecidos (muitos deles portugueses) e mais direccionada para a literatura Fantástica e o Romance Histórico, onde se encaixavam os do David Liss - "A Conspiração de Papel", "O Mercador Português" e "O Grande Conspirador". A verdade ...more
Richard Derus
Seriously ugly jacket.

Book is, well, book is...really well plotted, filled with characters whose ideas and motivations I get and even support, and told in a very engaging way.

Liss's trademark business angle is very much in evidence in this book. It's set partially within the confines of the East India Company, and quite a lot of the action takes place around the various business concerns of the characters; all handled in such a way as to make it clear that this story arises from those concerns,
Classifying Liss' books as historical fiction is a bit misleading: Liss' mysteries are ripped from the headlines of the 17th and 18th century, but those headlines would be disturbingly familiar to anyone who picked up a newspaper today.

His latest revolves around a company too big to fail, the Honorable East India Company, and brings back thieftaker and former pugilist Benjamin Weaver to untangle a mystery involving blackmail, murder, spying and international business intrigue.

This tale is fast-
Dec 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed

Having got this book to review, I had to acquire the previous two books as this is the third and become acquainted with our hero... There is a trend with our hero to not have his life in his own hands. Here more than any other time we see blackmail at the root of his problems. We also see the writer use a device, now all too obvious of not beginning his story at the beginning. In each instance we have a chapter or more where we have to delve back in time by some days or weeks to find where the s
What I liked:

The plot was as action-packed and full of twists and turns, as I like. I didn’t have one minute of boredom while reading this one.

Vivid period detail is rendered so it can actually make you interested in history, even if you didn’t like the subject or the era before. This time Mr. Liss provides some interesting glimpses into the Rules of the Fleet – a law-free area around Fleet Prisons where debtors could live free from arrest and clandestine marriages took place without banns or li
Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I don't usually read books like this. I studied English in college, and consider myself a connoisseur of literature - and certainly above reading contemporary suspense novels.

Mr. Liss's book reminded me that not all books have to be literary masterpieces in order to be worth reading. Benjamin Weaver is an entertaining character - think 18th century Jack Bauer (perhaps I am revealing that my tastes are not as highbrow as I pretend... ). He is able to get himself into and out of any number of stic
Joel Margolese
Another good, but not great book from David Liss. For me, his high point was the Whisky Rebellion. In this book, set in England in 1727 (I believe) Benjamin Weaver returns and get embroiled in an intriguing mystery. The plot is very good, the characters enjoyable and the most of the settings are quite vivid and plausible. (I have no idea if he's got his history right or if his descriptions of how people lived & dressed are correct, but they feel like they are right, so I enjoy that part of t ...more
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read all of David Liss's published books. They are among the most enjoyable books I’ve read in my 54 years on the planet. Just finished The Devil's Company and enjoyed this story as much as his other books. From the whirlwind of the early chapters to the final, satisfying conclusion as the hero, Benjamin Weaver, thwarts the plans and machinations of the evildoers(I will say no more), The Devil's Company is a book that I will savor the memory of reading. I can say that about only a few other ...more
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so happy to have had the chance to preview the Devil's Company! David Liss seems to get better with each new book. In the Devil's Company, Benjamin Weaver returns for more puzzling adventures. While Weaver is forced to act as another's puppet, he must watch his friends and family struggle at the hands of the puppeteer. Along the way, he works to unravel the web that has snared them all. All of this takes place amid 18th-century corporate/government tug of war. This is most definitely a page ...more
Always enjoy Liss's novels, and this one was no exception, making excellent use of the settings and issues of historical times, sometimes in contrast with and sometimes as analogues to, our own. The governmental regulation vs. corporate free market subtheme, for example, was, I thought, well done. However, I thought this book a little lacking in emotional depth at times, particularly in the case of certain character deaths (as at least one other reviewer noted). Still, quite worth the read.
Jun 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book sets an incredibly complex set of characters and plots in squalid 18th century London. All the twists are not resolved until the very last page. There are several 'issues' but they are totally integrated into the story; no idle philosophizing. Is better to favor native production or enjoy cheap imports. Is there real danger to the British government as the multinational, East India Company grows more ever more powerful? Who can be trusted? How could these people drink so much?
Mary Mimouna
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely enjoyable, especially Weaver's dressing up in various disguises all over London while doing his investigative work.
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, quality writing delivered in the author’s unique style. An interesting and convoluted plot with many angles that continually surprises. An enjoyable read.


“ ‘We’re all of us foul, each of us in our own way. We excuse it in ourselves, and perhaps in those we love, but we delight to condemn it in others.’ ”

“ ‘It is a very strange thing that when dealing with these companies the man who acts out of spite and revenge, as you have now, comes across as the most moral. That, I suppose
Erik Deckers
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was recommended to me by a friend, and I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it or not. It turned out to be a pretty interesting story, even though it was set 300 years before most of the British murder mysteries I enjoy. I loved the descriptions of the city, the people, and the way life was lived back in the late 1600s and early 1700s.
Jeff Lin
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it
I've read several of David Liss's other books and enjoyed all of them but this one is the best so far! Liss is a wonderful writer of historical fiction, combining detailed research and an accurate portrayal of the period, wonderfully engaging and complex characters, and a skillfully applied subtle overlay of the modern reader's knowledge of how the future will be to the earlier time-frame of the book.

In The Devil's Company, Liss examines the business of the British East India Company - the subje
Lubov Yakovleva
Продолжение приключений Бена Уивера.
Теперь в центре рассказ об Ост-Индской компании, жестокой и безжалостной, если что-то задевает её интересы.
А интересы одни - заработать больше денег, минимизировав затраты.
Всё приправлено шпионскими страстями.

Книга хуже первых двух историй, потому что детективная линия совсем стала маловажной для автора, многое висит в воздухе, завязки не развязаны, заделы не выделаны, логика не выдержана.
Но почитать можно.
Почему нет?
Gumble's Yard
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Third Benjamin Weaver adventure set just after the second A Conspiracy of Paper.

This time he is caught between a number of different interests – various factions of the East India company, French spies, Indian spies, English government – which is supporting the overall aims of the East India company if not all the factions, the Silk Weavers guild (seemingly victims but whose leader sides with the EIC for his own gain) – all based around a maverick adventurer who uses his charm to commit bigamy
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, as I have Liss' other historical fictions. Benjamin Weaver is a captivating main character in that he is flawed but has good intentions.

I would love to give this book 5 stars but there were some parts of the story that were not resolved that bugged me. It kinda felt like certain parts were just thrown in to be convenient for the main character but they don't make sense and weren't explained.

**Spoiler Alert**
Here are some unresolved questions I had at the end of the bo
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historical detective story set during the early days of “company men” is an interesting premise; in this case the target is the venerated and feared British East India Company that contributed much to the mother country’s empire on which the sun finally set.

I haven’t read the protagonist, or thieftaker (a.k.a. detective), Benjamin Weaver’s earlier episodes, but in this book he is blackmailed into spying on the Company to uncover secrets that even he is not told about. From this murky beginnin
Jun 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
This was my first ventures into the writings of David Liss, but apparently, it is the fourth book of his that features protagonist Benjamin Weaver, a former pugilist and current thief-taker. I kept billing this tale as a historical fiction, but having read it, I now would classify it more as a mystery. Nonetheless, it was a fun story.

In eighteenth century London, Weaver, by no means of his own, is cornered into "helping" an enigmatic businessman who is not who he seems. Weaver is ordered to acce
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Liss, David. THE DEVIL’S COMPANY. (2009). ****. The author is back on more familiar ground with this, his latest novel. It almost reaches the quality of his first novel, “A Conspiracy of Paper,” but not quite. This is more of a point-to-point thriller than a true historical mystery, in spite of the outstanding quality of the author’s research into the period. I suspect that it will have a wide audience and appear on best-seller lists soon. It is the story of Weaver, an ex-pugilist and now advent ...more
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I am a novelist living in San Antonio, Texas, though, for the record, I am not from Texas. I just live here. I have four novels published: A Conspiracy of Paper (which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel) and A Spectacle of Corruption were both national bestsellers. They are set in 18th century London and feature Benjamin Weaver, a Jewish former pugilist, thief-taker for hire. Weaver will be ...more
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