Something's rotten in London. The Thames is stinking so high that the gentlemen of parliament are covering their faces with scented handkerchiefs. The press is obsessed with psychics. And young girls are disappearing off the streets. Things aren't going too well for Edmund Whitty. His best stories have all been scooped by his arch-rival from "Frasier's Magazines". The horses, dogs and ratting terriers haven't been running well for him either. He's in debt to the Captain (again) and on the run. So when he's offered the opportunity to debunk a well-known psychic he jumps at the chance. And find himsef embroiled in a strange and sordid situation that reaches to the very top of society. Why does the Earl of Danbury found a photographic society whose members have decidedly recherche tastes? And what does the saintly and virginal curate have to do with it? After all, he seems to spend his time harmlessly spinning tales to amuse the vicar's three pubescent daughters. He loves their company - especially the middle one - but his interest is entirely benign. Or is it? Whitty must unravel this mess and do it quickly, before his rival gets wind of this startlingly promising fund of copy, and before another innocent young life is taken.
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The new novel from the highly acclaimed author of The Fiend in Human.From the Back Cover:
Victorian London. Fog bound, stinking, sinister. This is journalist Edmund Whitty’s world. He is a habitué of taverns and gaming dens. He has lost fortunes. And he can’t find a story. He is being scooped by his rivals and his creditors are closing in on him.
Spiritualism is the new fad. An American detective asks Whittyto unmask a fraudulent psychic. Whitty has no other options, but the séance doesn’t go to plan. Whitty hears the voice of his dead brother imploring him to rights the wrongs of his life.
Whitty finds himself on a dangerous adventure that will take him into the highest echelons of society, where the bizarre and the sordid are the everyday currency, where young lives are sacrificed at strange whims, where Whitty himself will not escape accusations of murder and terrible imprisonment.
‘Builds to a tense and riveting climax’ Publisher’s Weekly
Praise for The Fiend In Human:
'A streetsmart period thriller brilliantly r-imaining Victorian london with great precision and a fine and mordant zest. Wonderfully entertaining throughout.' William Gibson, author of Pattern Recognition
'Superb scene-setting and ripe characterisation ... endlessly intriguing. This is a spectacle as well as a novel' Literary Review
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