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The Fiend in Human: A Victorian Thriller

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Publisher Comments:

It's 1852, and the ranks of the London poor have doubled. In the swollen shadow of the great St. Giles Rookery, fallen women attract the perfumed dandies of the West End into a vicious circle of venality, vanity, and vice.

Edmund Whitty, correspondent for The Falcon, the city's second-best sensational tabloid, writes whatever will stimulate the reader, delay his (increasingly physical) creditors, and supply him with the alcohol and opiates required to see him through the day. His most recent triumph was to supply a name for the fiend in human form who has murdered an uncertain number of prostitutes with a white silk scarf: Chokee Bill. Chokee Bill incited a garroting panic that paralyzed the business of London — until the arrest of one William Ryan. Normality has returned. The hangman, Mr. Calcraft, as dusty and dreary as death itself, awaits.

Broke again and in search of crisp copy, Whitty makes a shocking but not altogether surprising discovery: The white-scarf slayings have continued. When he endeavors to find the real Chokee Bill, he is greeted with emphatic hostility on all sides.

This thrilling Dickensian tale offers galvanizing suspense and an evocative and witty vision of life in Victorian London.

Review:

"If you were one of those who made Caleb Carr's The Alienist a bestseller, you'll enjoy The Fiend in Human." The Charlotte Observer

Review:

"Gray portrays...1852 London with a skill worthy of Dickens, but handles the mystery elements of this uneven debut with less success....[Gray's] considerable gifts bode well for future forays into crime fiction." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Gray's Victorian thriller is noteworthy for the lovingly detailed (if sordid and unappealing) scenes of London and the period style in which Gray writes. However, the proceedings themselves are sadly lacking in spunk." Library Journal

Review:

"Canadian composer, performer, and now first-novelist MacLachlan attempts a penetrating look at man's vile desires in a same-old serial killer tale....Smart, but echoing too familiarly." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A wonderfully atmospheric thriller....It is a splendidly dark Victorian world and a novel which is hard to put down." Publishing News

Review:

"Vivid characters, dead-on dialogue, and a galloping good plot make The Fiend in Human a tale irresistible." Giles Blunt, author of Forty Words for Sorrow

Review:

"Great fiction — a perfect place, a perfect time, a perfectly intriguing cast of characters, and a perfectly diabolical villain." Keith Ablow, author of Compulsion

Review:

"Gray has a gift for dialogue and a keen sense of humour, which comes out in the hilarious exchanges between Whitty and his rival cronies." Hamilton Spectator

Review:

"Gray has whipped up a marvelous, richly textured confection. All the sights and sounds and impressions of a brilliantly evoked era are here, together with a dexterous plot and a feel for the embroidered yet briny language of the period." Quill & Quire

Review:

"Gray has a strong sense of place and setting....He also has a gift for dialogue, and a keen humour, much in evidence here...the action sequences are skillfully wrought and compelling." The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Review:

"Sex, drugs, violence — it's all here, and presented with deliciously wry humour....[T]he unraveling of this complicated skein of secrets makes for a fascinating, enjoyable read, full of twists, reversals and last-minute shocks." The Edmonton Journal

Review:

"[A] riveting plot....Gray's historical thriller is a step beyond slasher-horror plots....He draws characters with colour and spark as vibrant as the theatre." Ottawa Citizen

Synopsis:

It's 1852, and the ranks of the London poor have doubled. In the swollen shadow of the great St. Giles Rookery, fallen women attract the perfumed dandies of the West End into a vicious circle of venality, vanity, and vice.

Edmund Whitty, correspondent for The Falcon, the city's second-best sensational tabloid, writes whatever will stimulate the reader, delay his (increasingly physical) creditors, and supply him with the alcohol and opiates required to see him through the day. His most recent triumph was to supply a name for the fiend in human form who has murdered an uncertain number of prostitutes with a white silk scarf: Chokee Bill. Chokee Bill incited a garroting panic that paralyzed the business of London---until the arrest of one William Ryan. Normality has returned. The hangman, Mr. Calcraft, as dusty and dreary as death itself, awaits.

Broke again and in search of crisp copy, Whitty makes a shocking but not altogether surprising discovery: the white-scarf slayings have continued. When he endeavors to find the real Chokee Bill, he is greeted with emphatic hostility on all sides.

This thrilling Dickensian tale offers galvanizing suspense and an evocative and witty vision of life in Victorian London.

About the Author

John MacLachlan Gray is a writer-composer-performer for the stage, film, television, radio, and print. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Los Angeles Critics Circle Award for playwriting, a Silver Hugo, and a gold at the New York Film and Television Festival. His musical play Billy Bishop Goes to War appeared on Broadway and subsequently became one of the most produced shows in North America. He lives in Vancouver with his personal demons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312335267
Subtitle:
A Victorian Thriller
Author:
Gray, John MacLachlan
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Thrillers/Historical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.22x5.44x.94 in. .71 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Griffin - English 9780312335267 Reviews:
"Review" by , "If you were one of those who made Caleb Carr's The Alienist a bestseller, you'll enjoy The Fiend in Human."
"Review" by , "Gray portrays...1852 London with a skill worthy of Dickens, but handles the mystery elements of this uneven debut with less success....[Gray's] considerable gifts bode well for future forays into crime fiction."
"Review" by , "Gray's Victorian thriller is noteworthy for the lovingly detailed (if sordid and unappealing) scenes of London and the period style in which Gray writes. However, the proceedings themselves are sadly lacking in spunk."
"Review" by , "Canadian composer, performer, and now first-novelist MacLachlan attempts a penetrating look at man's vile desires in a same-old serial killer tale....Smart, but echoing too familiarly."
"Review" by , "A wonderfully atmospheric thriller....It is a splendidly dark Victorian world and a novel which is hard to put down."
"Review" by , "Vivid characters, dead-on dialogue, and a galloping good plot make The Fiend in Human a tale irresistible."
"Review" by , "Great fiction — a perfect place, a perfect time, a perfectly intriguing cast of characters, and a perfectly diabolical villain."
"Review" by , "Gray has a gift for dialogue and a keen sense of humour, which comes out in the hilarious exchanges between Whitty and his rival cronies."
"Review" by , "Gray has whipped up a marvelous, richly textured confection. All the sights and sounds and impressions of a brilliantly evoked era are here, together with a dexterous plot and a feel for the embroidered yet briny language of the period."
"Review" by , "Gray has a strong sense of place and setting....He also has a gift for dialogue, and a keen humour, much in evidence here...the action sequences are skillfully wrought and compelling."
"Review" by , "Sex, drugs, violence — it's all here, and presented with deliciously wry humour....[T]he unraveling of this complicated skein of secrets makes for a fascinating, enjoyable read, full of twists, reversals and last-minute shocks."
"Review" by , "[A] riveting plot....Gray's historical thriller is a step beyond slasher-horror plots....He draws characters with colour and spark as vibrant as the theatre."
"Synopsis" by ,
It's 1852, and the ranks of the London poor have doubled. In the swollen shadow of the great St. Giles Rookery, fallen women attract the perfumed dandies of the West End into a vicious circle of venality, vanity, and vice.

Edmund Whitty, correspondent for The Falcon, the city's second-best sensational tabloid, writes whatever will stimulate the reader, delay his (increasingly physical) creditors, and supply him with the alcohol and opiates required to see him through the day. His most recent triumph was to supply a name for the fiend in human form who has murdered an uncertain number of prostitutes with a white silk scarf: Chokee Bill. Chokee Bill incited a garroting panic that paralyzed the business of London---until the arrest of one William Ryan. Normality has returned. The hangman, Mr. Calcraft, as dusty and dreary as death itself, awaits.

Broke again and in search of crisp copy, Whitty makes a shocking but not altogether surprising discovery: the white-scarf slayings have continued. When he endeavors to find the real Chokee Bill, he is greeted with emphatic hostility on all sides.

This thrilling Dickensian tale offers galvanizing suspense and an evocative and witty vision of life in Victorian London.

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