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Jonathan Blair is an adventurer cast adrift in Victorian England, who is traumatized by the terrifying brutality he encounters. He must travel north to solve the mysterious disappearance of a young cleric, but everyone treats him as an outcast, everyone, that is, except Rose.
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"A superb thriller that will keep the reader breathless right up to the final page."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"THE MOST INTERESTING AND RICHLY TEXTURED CRIME STORY OF THE SEASON."
"[SMITH] AT THE TOP OF HIS FORM . . . It is fun, the well-plotted, dense fun of an intelligent, shadowy, literary enigma. . . . Brisk and edifying entertainment."
--The New York Times
"A JOY TO READ."
--The Washington Post Book World
The year is 1872. The place is Wigan, England, a coal town where rich mine owners live lavishly alongside miners no better than slaves. Into this dark, complicated world comes Jonathan Blair, who has accepted a commission to find a missing man.
When he begins his search every road leads back to one woman, a haughty, vixenish pit girl named Rose. With her fiery hair and skirts pinned up over trousers, she cares nothing for a society that calls her unnatural, scandalous, erotic.
As Rose and Blair circle one another, first warily, then with the heat of mutual desire, Blair loses his balance. And the lull induced by Rose's sensual touch leaves him unprepared for the bizarre, soul-scorching truth....
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Book Description Macmillan Audio Books, 1996. Condition: Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP96601410