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The Hangman: A Short Story

The Hangman: A Short Story


My heart is fluttering like a wild bird trapped in a cage. Every muscle, nerve and sinew in my body tingles like a live electricity wire. I feel like an explorer who realises the buried treasure he has been seeking (but long given up hope of finding) has lain beneath his feet the entire time…

Charles Roberts, Hangman at Newbury Gaol, has fallen in love with Edith Guest, the woman he must hang by the neck until dead for the murder of her husband. Now Charles must question everything he has ever believed about crime and punishment and finds himself forced to choose between his devotion to duty and an overwhelming passion that threatens to destroy his reputation, his sanity and even his life. A historical romance short story about the transforming power of love.

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