Research is an essential part of writing historical fiction of any sort, and historical fantasy is no exception. In fact, the idea for the Thieftaker books began with a footnote in Robert Hughes' excellent history of the settling of Australia, The Fatal Shore. There are some terrific books available on pre-Revolutionary Boston, dealing with everything from the economic plight of laborers in the mid-1700s to the day-to-day specifics of the Stamp Act crisis of 1765, from the life of Samuel Adams to that of his cousin and ally, John Adams. [For a map of the city, please click here.] What follows is a list of those works consulted by D.B. Jackson during the writing of "The Tavern Fire," "A Memory of Freedom," "A Spell of Vengeance," and "The Witch of Dedham," as well as during the planning and writing of Thieftaker, Thieves' Quarry, and City of Shades, volumes I, II, and III of the Thieftaker Chronicles.
John K. Alexander, Samuel Adams: America’s Revolutionary Politician (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2002).
Fred Anderson, Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 (Vintage Books, 2000).
George P. Anderson, “Ebenezer Mackintosh: Stamp Act Rioter and Patriot,” and “A Note on Ebenezer Mackintosh,” Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Transactions, volume 26, 1927, pp. 15-64, 348-361.
Richard Archer, As if an Enemy’s Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2010)
Bernard Bailyn, The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson (Harvard University Press, 1974).
George F. Bass, ed., A History of Seafaring (Walker and Company, 1972).
John Ballard Blake, Public Health in the Town of Boston, 1630-1822 (Harvard University Press, 1959).
Lawrence Block, ed., Gangsters, Swindlers, Killers, and Thieves: The Lives and Crimes of Fifty American Villains (Oxford University Press, 2004)
James C. Brandow, ed., “Memoirs of a British Naval Officer at Boston, 1768-1769: Extracts from the Autobiography of William Senhouse,” Massachusetts Historical Society, Proceedings, Third Series, vol. 105, 1993, pp. 74-93.
T.H. Breen, The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence (Oxford University Press, 2004).
Carl Bridenbaugh, Cities in Revolt: Urban Life In America, 1743-1776 (Oxford University Press, 1971).
Julia Boulton Clinger, It Happened in Boston (Morris Book Publishing, 2007).
Samuel Adams Drake, Old Landmarks and Historic Personages of Boston (revised edition) (Charles E. Tuttle and Company, 1971).
Carville Earle, Geographical Inquiry and American Historical Problems (Stanford University Press, 1992).
David Hackett Fischer, Albion's Seed: four British Folkways in America (Oxford University Press, 1989).
David Hackett Fischer, Paul Revere’s Ride (Oxford University Press, 1994).
William M. Fowler, Jr., Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan (Longman, 1997).
Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding (Vintage Books, 1986).
Bernhard Knollenberg, Growth of the American Revolution, 1766-1775 (Liberty Fund, 2003).
Alex Krieger, David Cobb, Amy Turner, eds., Mapping Boston (MIT Press, 2001).
George Francis Marlowe, Coaching Roads of Old New England: Their Inss and Taverns and Their Stories (MacMillan, 1945).
David McCullough, John Adams (Simon and Schuster, 2001).
John C. Miller, Samuel Adams: Pioneer in Propaganda (Little, Brown, and Company, 1936).
Edmund S. Morgan and Helen M. Morgan, The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution (University of North Carolina Press, 1995).
Gary B. Nash, The Urban Crucible: The Northern Seaports and the Origins of the American Revolution (Abridged Version) (Harvard University Press, 1986).
Gavin R. Nathan, Historic Taverns of Boston (iUniverse Inc., 2006).
Eric Nellis, The Long Road to Change: America’s Revolution, 1750-1820 (Broadview Press, 2007).
Mark Puls, Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).
William S. Rossiter, ed., Days and Ways in Old Boston (R.H. Stearns and Company, 1915).
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., ed., The Almanac of American History (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1983).
Nancy S. Seasholes, Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston (The MIT Press, 2003).
Andrew Stephen Walmsley, Thomas Hutchinson and the Origins of the American Revolution (New York University Press, 1999).
Walter Muir Whitehead and Lawrence W. Kennedy, Boston: A Topographical History (Third Edition) (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2000).