The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley

The Judge Hunter

The latest comic novel from Christopher Buckley, a hapless Englishman embarks on a dangerous mission to the New World in pursuit of two judges who helped murder a king.London, 1664. Twenty years after the English revolution, the monarchy has been restored and Charles II sits on the throne. The men who conspired to kill his father are either dead or disappeared. Baltasar “Balty” St. Michel is twenty-four and has no skills and no employment. He...

Details The Judge Hunter

TitleThe Judge Hunter
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Humor, Fiction

Reviews The Judge Hunter

  • Sam Quixote
    It’s 20 years after Charles II’s Restoration and the old poleaxe is still seeking revenge against the surviving men who caused his pappy’s head to be separated from his shoulders (aka the fallout from the English Civil War). Two of the judges who found Charles I guilty of high treason have fled to the New World. Naval officer and future celebrated diarist Samuel Pepys decides that his annoying half-French brother-in-law, Baltasar “Balty...
  • Bandit
    Christopher Buckley’s back to historical adventures with his newest story. The idea is that he’ll write one for every century, the last one, absolutely terrific Relic Master was set in 16th, so this one takes us to 1664, the year New Amsterdam became New York, among other things. I’ve always appreciated Buckley’s writing, but ever since he’s somehow read my mind and turned his pen (keyboard) to these humorous irreverent historical romps...
  • Vicky
    In the “About the Author”note it says “This novel, set in the seventeen century, is his second work of historical fiction, following The Relic Master, set in the sixteenth century. His aim, quixotic to be sure , is to write novels set in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries and ——Grim Reaper permitting——twenty first. Good luck with that.” Having read the Relic Master, which I thoroughly enjoyed and gave 4 stars to (...
  • David
    [P. G. Wodehouse] will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.– Evelyn WaughI do not invoke the sainted name of the genius Wodehouse lightly. Yet I say to you that this book may be mentioned in the proximity of the name of the best comic writer in the English language. Although C. Buckley does not achieve the pinnacle of comic novel-ness (...
  • eyes.2c
    ...'then they took New York!'Another brilliant parody of history depicted by Christopher Buckley. This expose, the story of Stuvyesant and the English attainment of New York, within the context of the Dutch-English casts our eyes back in a refreshingly new way.Samuel Pepys, his position and his diaries are the hook to begin with. His brother-in-law gives us the subtext. Baltasar “Balty” St. Michel is an annoying nincompoop whom Pepys manages ...
  • Steve Peifer
    A glorious return to form from the funniest novelist we have. No one has a greater gift for somehow making grating characters endearing. Funny and exciting and wise; you will learn history in spite of yourself. This made me want to reread so many of his other books.
  • Kim
    Christopher Buckley is determined to write political satire for each century. His latest book The Judge Hunter places the reader in 1664, using Samuel Pepys as the mainstay and his foppish brother-in-law Balthasar (Balty) St. Michel as his tool as the story moves between London and the New England Colonies and New Amsterdam. Torys, Papists, Puritans, Quakers and numerous tribes of native Americans all find a place in this political romp.Balty is ...
  • Thomas
    I enjoyed this. It’s a period piece with flowery language. I particularly enjoyed the last few pages where it discussed the characters descendants. Amusing.
  • Andrew
    One of the best books I’ve read recently. Combines impeccably written and factually grounded historical fiction with action and humor. The interweaving of Pepys diary entries and the story of his brother in law searching New Haven and New York in the mid seventeenth century for fugitives from England is just plain fascinating and fun. Highly recommended. There are not enough books like this out ther.
  • Richard G. Peters
    Very interesting and educational read.Most entertaining I read it in two days. great walk through the past. The book is very well written and features a cast of characters that will have you bursting out laughing. It’s a terrific book. Don’t pass it by....
  • Kathleen Gray
    Although I think it helps tremendously in the enjoyment of this if you have at least a smidgen of knowledge about the 17th century, Buckley will back you into the period with humor and style (and there's wikipedia for the details.). Who would expect a comic take on Samuel Pepys' brother in law Balty being sent to the New World to track down two judges who fled there after ordering the execution of Charles I? Balty's travels through America brings...
  • J.D. Dehart
    The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley is a historical novel, tried-and-true. The book even ends with a reference list and historical notes. This was a pleasant encounter for me, as a reader, and lent credibility to the book. Clearly, Buckley is an author who invests time in his work, and I appreciate that trait in an author.The storyline of the book proves comic at times, but also strikingly realistic and engaging. This is my second time readin...
  • Marianne Roncoli
    Don’t expect another one of Christopher Buckley’s hilarious satires of contemporary events such as Florence of Arabia, The White House Mess, or Supreme Courtship. The Judge Hunter is a comic historical novel. Actual 17th-century figures who, instead of speaking in the vernacular of the time, speak in pedestrian 21st-century voices complete with irony, hyperbole, and other figures of speech. Imagine David McCoullough writing for Saturday Night...
  • Anthony
    Christopher Buckley, a well known essayist, lecturer, humorist and critic has done it again. This is his second historical novel, set in 1664 London and the New World. And I found it to be a rollicking good story with so many historical figures and references. As he did with The Relic Master, Buckley entertains while at the same time educating. In London in 1664, Balthasar “Balty” de St. Michel is unemployed, with noskills to speak of and no ...
  • Nancy
    Christopher Buckley most recent novels have progressed from tales of selling fake religious relics to souls in search of salvation to his latest book featuring Samuel Pepys younger brother trying to make a name for himself in America by "hunting" two judges accused of Regicide.Readers of The Judge Hunter would benefit from some historical knowledge of Puritan America, but even those of us who are poorly informed about America's early history can ...
  • Martha
    Comic historical fiction. Christopher Buckley doesn't miss. Old New Amsterdam as it became New York--a time I certainly know little about.--native New Yorker that I am. And set largely in the area of southern CT where Buckley grew up. Imaginative, lively, funny, well researched. Part of Buckley's project to write a book each set in the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. The Relic Master was the first, which I will now read while I'...
  • Mike
    A fun, raucous story that takes the reader on an adventure of an annoying brother (Balty), with no skills to speak of, tossed into a new world with a mission he's unlikely to complete. Buckley does a great job of bringing colonial New England to life using a modern tone and has you rooting for ole Balty through it all.
  • Garth Pettersen
    I enjoyed this book enough to finish it, but I really wanted it to end. Buckley can't be faulted for his writing and the history is interesting (even for a non-American), but IMHO it was rather silly.
  • Mike Glaser
    A quick but enjoyable read. Forces you to brush up on your early colonial history which is never a bad thing. Christopher Buckley is always good for an entertaining yarn. Would have been three and a half stars if that had been allowed.
  • Amity Kirby
    Decent read. Decent follow-up to The Relic Master. This one hit close to home on many levels-geographically and it’s always weird to see a character with your name (this is rare) too bad she died. I would give this one 3 1/2 stars.
  • Veeral
    The plot moves forward at a glacial pace. The Relic Master is clearly the better of the two historical fiction books that Christopher Buckley has written. He's planning to write books set in 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as well, so let's hope that they are better than The Judge Hunter.
  • Ted
    Like a truncated SOTWEED FACTOR. Funny..
  • Sandy
    An amusing look at colonial America, the dastardly Puritans, and the amazing Samuel Pepys. I'm looking forward to Buckley's take on the 18th, 19th, 20th and, hopefully, 21st, centuries.
  • Jas
    This is fun to read, reacquainting myself with Pepys and the Restoration.
  • Gwen Mayer
  • Connie
    Probably one of the funniest books I have ever read.