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"[Mr. Timothy is] a fantastic Victorian thriller starring Tiny Tim, who's 'not so tiny any more.'...The ending is as much Edgar Allan Poe as Mission Impossible, a plot with enough trap doors and false bottoms to show just how much fun a ripping thriller with eggnog can be. But what's particularly satisfying is that beneath these waves of adventure rests a truly moving meditation on grief and reconciliation." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

It's the Christmas season, and Mr. Timothy Cratchit, not the pious child the world thought he was, has just buried his father. He's also struggling to bury his past as a cripple and shed his financial ties to his benevolent "Uncle" Ebenezer by losing himself in the thick of London's underbelly. He boards at a brothel in exchange for teaching the mistress how to read and spends his nights dredging the Thames for dead bodies and the treasures in their pockets.

Timothy's life takes a sharp turn when he discovers the bodies of two dead girls, each seared with the same cruel brand on the upper arm. The sight of their horror-struck faces compels Timothy to become the protector of another young girl, Philomela, from the fate the others suffered at the hands of a dangerous and powerful man.

A different kind of Christmas story, this breathless flight through the teeming markets, shadowy passageways, and rolling brown fog of 1860s London would do Dickens proud for its surprising twists and turns, and its extraordinary heart.

Review:

"There isn't one throwaway sentence in [this] fabulous Victorian mystery....Author Louis Bayard weaves together a subtle character examination and a page-turning plot, producing one truly engaging book. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[A]n audacious and triumphant entertainment....With surprising but plausible twists, and a visceral, bawdy evocation of Victorian London, Bayard has crafted a page-turner of a thriller that is elevated beyond its genre..." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"[I]n true Dickensian fashion, [Bayard] makes us care passionately about the fates of his characters, even to the point of overlooking an improbable turn or three. A first-rate entertainment." Bill Ott, Booklist

Review:

"Vigorous, well imagined and thoroughly entertaining. Louis Bayard can write up a storm." Literary Review

Review:

"A spirited adventure...this mix of thriller and literature is as rich as a Christmas cake soaked in brandy." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Review:

"Bayard is daring to elaborate on a work that has become deeply embedded in our culture....Mr. Timothy, while in no way approaching the greatness of its source, is nevertheless an inventive and amusing turn on it." Julie Gray, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[A]n intriguing reexamination of Dickens's beloved waif, saddled with a not altogether successful thriller, à la The Alienist....[A] clever premise and smartly detailed prose manage to offset the disappointment of this tale's forced excitement." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"If you have not had your fill of ghost-ridden heroes, needy orphans, and foggy nights in cobblestone streets, this sequel — with its breakneck plot, colorful characters, and the reappearance of Scrooge and the Cratchits — will fill the bill." Library Journal

Review:

"Bayard creates several clever ligatures to Dickens's original text, but...its intent is not to show how characters turned out but rather...to meditate on the question of identity and loss....When it evokes the original, it's with a sly twist." Art Winslow, The Washington Post

Review:

"Bayard doesn't just want to introduce us to a rollicking cast or tell us a rip-roaring story, though he does both. He wants us to ponder, as Timothy comes to ponder...what makes a family?...[A] terrific book." Detroit Free Press

Review:

"[A] divinely crafted novel, in which each detail is carefully considered and selected for its contribution to the overall effect....[A] writer of skill who pulls off this novel full of subtle but intricate tricks with apparent ease." Denver Post

Review:

"Lush prose moves the story along without calling undue attention to itself. Plot twists abound....But as should be the case with any work that steps into such mammoth Dickensian shoes, it is the characters who carry this novel." Seattle Times

Review:

"A compelling, well-plotted story that never falters....Despite its dark undertones, Mr. Timothy is filled with optimism and the strength of the human heart, much as the original to which it pays homage." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Review:

"[S]uperbly crafted....An ingeniously constructed page-turner brimming with surprises....[L]ike A Christmas Carol, Mr. Timothy is not only uncommonly entertaining, but deeply satisfying as well." Orlando Sentinel

Review:

"[A] dazzling blend of literary fiction and white-knuckle thriller." People

Review:

"The voice and intelligence behind the book are a real marvel." Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and Four Spirits

Review:

"[A]ll of the moral passion of a Dickens novel but none of the quaint sentimentality." Gary Krist, bestelling author of Extravagance

Review:

"Mr. Timothy is a spirited and absorbing thriller and Louis Bayard is a very talented writer." Kevin Baker, author of Paradise Alley

Review:

"[A] satisfying, gruesome thriller and a moving meditation on fathers, sons, and the making of a family." Sarah Smith, bestselling author of The Vanished Child

About the Author

Louis Bayard is a novelist and reviewer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Nerve.com, and Salon.com. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060534226
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Bayard, Louis
Author:
by Louis Bayard
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
November 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.00x6.40x1.03 in. .70 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Perennial - English 9780060534226 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "[Mr. Timothy is] a fantastic Victorian thriller starring Tiny Tim, who's 'not so tiny any more.'...The ending is as much Edgar Allan Poe as Mission Impossible, a plot with enough trap doors and false bottoms to show just how much fun a ripping thriller with eggnog can be. But what's particularly satisfying is that beneath these waves of adventure rests a truly moving meditation on grief and reconciliation." (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)
"Review" by , "There isn't one throwaway sentence in [this] fabulous Victorian mystery....Author Louis Bayard weaves together a subtle character examination and a page-turning plot, producing one truly engaging book. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "[A]n audacious and triumphant entertainment....With surprising but plausible twists, and a visceral, bawdy evocation of Victorian London, Bayard has crafted a page-turner of a thriller that is elevated beyond its genre..."
"Review" by , "[I]n true Dickensian fashion, [Bayard] makes us care passionately about the fates of his characters, even to the point of overlooking an improbable turn or three. A first-rate entertainment."
"Review" by , "Vigorous, well imagined and thoroughly entertaining. Louis Bayard can write up a storm."
"Review" by , "A spirited adventure...this mix of thriller and literature is as rich as a Christmas cake soaked in brandy."
"Review" by , "Bayard is daring to elaborate on a work that has become deeply embedded in our culture....Mr. Timothy, while in no way approaching the greatness of its source, is nevertheless an inventive and amusing turn on it."
"Review" by , "[A]n intriguing reexamination of Dickens's beloved waif, saddled with a not altogether successful thriller, à la The Alienist....[A] clever premise and smartly detailed prose manage to offset the disappointment of this tale's forced excitement."
"Review" by , "If you have not had your fill of ghost-ridden heroes, needy orphans, and foggy nights in cobblestone streets, this sequel — with its breakneck plot, colorful characters, and the reappearance of Scrooge and the Cratchits — will fill the bill."
"Review" by , "Bayard creates several clever ligatures to Dickens's original text, but...its intent is not to show how characters turned out but rather...to meditate on the question of identity and loss....When it evokes the original, it's with a sly twist."
"Review" by , "Bayard doesn't just want to introduce us to a rollicking cast or tell us a rip-roaring story, though he does both. He wants us to ponder, as Timothy comes to ponder...what makes a family?...[A] terrific book."
"Review" by , "[A] divinely crafted novel, in which each detail is carefully considered and selected for its contribution to the overall effect....[A] writer of skill who pulls off this novel full of subtle but intricate tricks with apparent ease."
"Review" by , "Lush prose moves the story along without calling undue attention to itself. Plot twists abound....But as should be the case with any work that steps into such mammoth Dickensian shoes, it is the characters who carry this novel."
"Review" by , "A compelling, well-plotted story that never falters....Despite its dark undertones, Mr. Timothy is filled with optimism and the strength of the human heart, much as the original to which it pays homage."
"Review" by , "[S]uperbly crafted....An ingeniously constructed page-turner brimming with surprises....[L]ike A Christmas Carol, Mr. Timothy is not only uncommonly entertaining, but deeply satisfying as well."
"Review" by , "[A] dazzling blend of literary fiction and white-knuckle thriller."
"Review" by , "The voice and intelligence behind the book are a real marvel."
"Review" by , "[A]ll of the moral passion of a Dickens novel but none of the quaint sentimentality."
"Review" by , "Mr. Timothy is a spirited and absorbing thriller and Louis Bayard is a very talented writer."
"Review" by , "[A] satisfying, gruesome thriller and a moving meditation on fathers, sons, and the making of a family."
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