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Dancing for the Hangman (Five Star First Edition Mystery)

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Review:

"While this fictional recreation of one of the early 20th century's most notorious crimes ranks among Edwards's best work, it has the misfortune to follow two superior books on the subject: Erik Larson's nonfiction Thunderstruck (2006) and John Boyne's Crippen: A Novel of Murder (2007). In a nice framing device, Dr. Hawley Crippen, as he sits in his jail cell in 1910 awaiting his date with the executioner, describes his life and the events that are bringing him to the scaffold, in particular the vicissitudes of his marriage to his second wife, Cora, of whose murder he was convicted. Edwards (Waterloo Sunset) offers an alternative, if somewhat implausible version of how Cora died that supports Crippen's claim of innocence. Many readers, however, will find Crippen, who abandoned his son and took up with his mistress shortly after Cora's death, a far from sympathetic narrator. Those looking for more depth should turn to Larson and Boyne." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594148484
Publisher:
Five Star (ME)
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Author:
Edwards, Martin
Subject:
Physicians -- Great Britain.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Series:
Five Star First Edition Mystery
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
343
Dimensions:
8.50x5.80x1.10 in. 1.20 lbs.

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Product details 343 pages Five Star (ME) - English 9781594148484 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "While this fictional recreation of one of the early 20th century's most notorious crimes ranks among Edwards's best work, it has the misfortune to follow two superior books on the subject: Erik Larson's nonfiction Thunderstruck (2006) and John Boyne's Crippen: A Novel of Murder (2007). In a nice framing device, Dr. Hawley Crippen, as he sits in his jail cell in 1910 awaiting his date with the executioner, describes his life and the events that are bringing him to the scaffold, in particular the vicissitudes of his marriage to his second wife, Cora, of whose murder he was convicted. Edwards (Waterloo Sunset) offers an alternative, if somewhat implausible version of how Cora died that supports Crippen's claim of innocence. Many readers, however, will find Crippen, who abandoned his son and took up with his mistress shortly after Cora's death, a far from sympathetic narrator. Those looking for more depth should turn to Larson and Boyne." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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