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From the back of the book : The Smart is a true drama of eighteenth century life with a mercurial, mysterious heroine.  Caroline is a young Irish woman who runs off to marry a soldier, comes to London and slides into a glamorous life as high-class prostitute, a great risk-taker, possessing a mesmerising appeal.   

 

This is also a history of the epoch in which Caroline's life takes place.  She is involved in the most scandalous financial sting of the age and becomes notorious because of it.  Her fellow conspirators (both men and identical twins) are sentenced to hang but Caroline walks free - the author is certain that this is because Caroline is exceptionally clever and knows how to use her allure with the all male jury.  

 

It's a great book, fascinating from start to finish even although none of the names involved are remotely familiar in this day and age.

 

Recommended.

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