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THE WILD LORD
by Carrie Netzer Wajda
(work in progress)
SUMMARY: Everyone in England knows about the earl of Briarcliff’s lost heir. Ten thousand pounds was enough to make sane men do crazy things to claim it. Fourteen years after the diplomat earl’s firstborn son disappeared into the vast Amazonian forests of Brazil, a bounty hunter appears on London’s docks with the earl’s son caged like a wild beast. Is Edward Northcote mad? Can he be restored to sanity? Only one person can reach the so-called wild lord. Harper Forsythe, apprentice to England’s foremost asylum director, will determine whether the young lord can be rehabilitated. But first she must win Edward and the earl's trust...
The creature howled in anger as his cage was lowered by creaking pulleys onto the London dock. Crowds stopped to stare at the sight of the huge, half-naked man restrained by the thick iron bars of a decrepit cage. A collective gasp rose from the crowd as the bars strained and bent, threatening to free the wild man.
The cage shuddered to a halt on the docks. The rusted iron bars shuddered in the rotting wooden frame, threatening to release the barely recognizable human inside. The captive man screamed again, his voice ringing out in a hollow cry of pain and rage.
"Why are you doing this?"
"That's no savage. He speaks the king's English!" shouted one bystander.
"It's a trick!" another shouted. A collective sigh of relief swept the horde of people.
"Who said that?" demanded a man from the ship deck. He was tall and stoutly built, and wore a rumpled suit with such insouciance that the crowd was impressed despite the foreignness of his accent. "This poor, deranged creature is no trick," the man called loudly while stepping down the gangplank. "This…” He rattled the bars of the cage with a battered walking stick. “…is none other than Lord Briarcliff's own lost son!"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A librarian by day, Carrie Netzer Wajda spends her off-hours using her research superpowers to create historical backdrops for her emotionally complex characters, who live much more interesting lives than her own. She lives in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn with her family and two obnoxious cats. Carrie is currently seeking representation for her first novel, working title THE WILD LORD.
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