Book Review of “A Penny for the Hangman”

“A Penny for the Hangman” was published in 2014 and was written by Tom Savage ( This is Mr. Savage’s seventh novel.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there is some Violence. The novel is written in the third person and is set in 2009 St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The primary character is Karen Tyler, a young writer.

In 1959 two teenage boys, Wulf and Rodney, brutally murdered their parents and a cook. The boys were caught jailed, but have been released. Fifty years after the murder, Karen is writing a series of articles on the incident. She has been anonymously contacted by a man who says he knows more about the incident than has been previously published. At the request of the mysterious man, Karen travels alone to St. Thomas to for an interview.

I thought that this was a good mystery with a bit of thriller thrown in. The plot had some nice twists and I enjoyed the 8 hours I spent reading the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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