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Madmen see monsters — and monsters hide in plain sight.

From a basement office in London’s notorious Bethlehem Hospital, Sebastian Becker investigates wealthy eccentrics whose dubious mental health may render them unable to manage their own affairs. His interview with rich landowner Sir Owain Lancaster, whose sanity has been in question since a disastrous scientific adventure in the Amazon killed his family and colleagues, coincides with the disappearance of two young local girls. When the children are found slain, Lancaster claims that the same dark forces that devastated his family have followed him home. It is not the first time that children have come to harm in his rural countryside town, though few are willing to speak of incidents from the past. Becker must determine whether this mad nobleman is insane and a murderer, or if some even more sinister agency is at work.

Struggling on his small salary, and with unexpected help from a son who needs special care, Becker and his wife make sacrifices so Becker can stay on the case after an innocent man is convicted of the crime. The answers he seeks may be found with the assistance of the local investigator and a young suffragette who fled Arnmouth, but couldn’t flee the horrors she encountered there.

From dank asylums to the lush and treacherous Amazon, through the makeshift studios of the early film industry and a traveling fair of freaks and illusions, Sebastian Becker’s search for answers brings him face to face with madmen and monsters, both imagined and real. Confronting immense danger in his hunt for the truth, he will explore murder, tragedy, and the tempestuous depths of his own mind.

Review:

"Set in England in 1912, this masterful whodunit from Gallagher (Red, Red Robin) introduces Sebastian Becker, a former policeman and Pinkerton agent who now works as the special investigator to the Masters of Lunacy, looking into cases involving any 'man of property' whose sanity is under question. His latest assignment takes him to the small town of Arnmouth to determine whether Sir Owain Lancaster has gone around the bend. Lancaster returned from a disastrous trip to the Amazon, which claimed the life of his wife and son, only to attribute the catastrophe to mysterious animals straight out of Doyle's The Lost World. Lancaster believes that the creatures that plagued him in South America have followed him home, and are responsible for the deaths of two young girls, a theory supported by a local legend of a beast of the moor. Gallagher's superior storytelling talents bode well for future adventures starring the well-rounded Becker. Agent: Howard Morhaim." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"A thriller, but with a literary depth unusual in the genre, and fascinating in the complexity of its construct. Gallagher's prose is swift, sure, and occasionally darkly comedic....Three words of advice: read this book." Historical Novel Society, Editors' Choice

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"Monsters, actual and metaphorical, are at the heart of this superbly crafted thriller....Gallagher loves character development but respects plotting enough to give it full measure. The result is that rare beast, a literary page-turner." Kirkus, starred review

Review:

"The story moves easily between present and past events, leading to a conclusion that is as perfectly logical as it is surprising....Intricately drawn characters, carefully shaded depictions of events and situations, and an excellent sense of pacing....This is a real page-turner, and fans will hope to see more of Sebastian Becker in the future. It may also attract readers who enjoy historical thrillers in the Caleb Carr tradition." Library Journal

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"Gallagher's great character development and clever plotting has created a great result: A rare literary masterpiece for the lovers of historical crime fiction." MysteryTribune.com

Review:

"Gallagher's latest is a great thriller/mystery with a unique character premise. I would love to see this developed into a series." Becky Lejeune, BookBitch.com

Review:

"Riveting...highly recommended." Charles DeLint, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Synopsis:

Madmen see monsters – and monsters hide in plain sight

 

From a basement office in London’s notorious Bethlehem Hospital, Sebastian Becker investigates wealthy eccentrics whose dubious mental health may render them unable to manage their own affairs. His interview with rich landowner Sir Owain Lancaster, whose sanity has been in question since a disastrous scientific adventure in the Amazon killed his family and colleagues, coincides with the disappearance of two young local girls. When the children are found slain, Lancaster claims that the same dark forces that devastated his family have followed him home. It is not the first time that children have come to harm in his rural countryside town, though few are willing to speak of incidents from the past. Becker must determine whether this mad nobleman is insane and a murderer, or if some even more sinister agency is at work.

   Struggling on his small salary, and with unexpected help from a son who needs special care, Becker and his wife make sacrifices so Becker can stay on the case after an innocent man is convicted of the crime. The answers he seeks may be found with the assistance of the local investigator and a young suffragette who fled Arnmouth, but couldn’t flee the horrors she encountered there. 

   From dank asylums to the lush and treacherous Amazon, through the makeshift studios of the early film industry and a traveling fair of freaks and illusions, Sebastian Becker’s search for answers brings him face to face with madmen and monsters, both imagined and real. Confronting immense danger in his hunt for the truth, he will explore murder, tragedy, and the tempestuous depths of his own mind. 

About the Author

Stephen Gallagher is a novelist, screenwriter, and director, the author of fourteen novels, including Nightmare, with Angel; The Kingdom of Bones; and Red, Red Robin. He has won the British Fantasy Award and International Horror Guild Award winner, and a Stoker and World Fantasy Award nominee.

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YvonneJ, February 25, 2012 (view all comments by YvonneJ)
In a word - interesting. Definately a case of picking a book because of its cover. My only complaint was that the story moved slowly at times and I probably would have set it to the side to finish later but couldn't because it was a library e-book with a due date. I would love to see this novel made into a movie....lots of drama.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307406644
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Crown
Author:
Gallagher, Stephen
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Publication Date:
20120207
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.52 x 6.58 x 1.18 in 1.18 lb

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The Bedlam Detective
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Product details 320 pages Crown Publishing Group (NY) - English 9780307406644 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in England in 1912, this masterful whodunit from Gallagher (Red, Red Robin) introduces Sebastian Becker, a former policeman and Pinkerton agent who now works as the special investigator to the Masters of Lunacy, looking into cases involving any 'man of property' whose sanity is under question. His latest assignment takes him to the small town of Arnmouth to determine whether Sir Owain Lancaster has gone around the bend. Lancaster returned from a disastrous trip to the Amazon, which claimed the life of his wife and son, only to attribute the catastrophe to mysterious animals straight out of Doyle's The Lost World. Lancaster believes that the creatures that plagued him in South America have followed him home, and are responsible for the deaths of two young girls, a theory supported by a local legend of a beast of the moor. Gallagher's superior storytelling talents bode well for future adventures starring the well-rounded Becker. Agent: Howard Morhaim." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "A thriller, but with a literary depth unusual in the genre, and fascinating in the complexity of its construct. Gallagher's prose is swift, sure, and occasionally darkly comedic....Three words of advice: read this book."
"Review" by , "Monsters, actual and metaphorical, are at the heart of this superbly crafted thriller....Gallagher loves character development but respects plotting enough to give it full measure. The result is that rare beast, a literary page-turner."
"Review" by , "The story moves easily between present and past events, leading to a conclusion that is as perfectly logical as it is surprising....Intricately drawn characters, carefully shaded depictions of events and situations, and an excellent sense of pacing....This is a real page-turner, and fans will hope to see more of Sebastian Becker in the future. It may also attract readers who enjoy historical thrillers in the Caleb Carr tradition."
"Review" by , "Gallagher's great character development and clever plotting has created a great result: A rare literary masterpiece for the lovers of historical crime fiction."
"Review" by , "Gallagher's latest is a great thriller/mystery with a unique character premise. I would love to see this developed into a series."
"Review" by , "Riveting...highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , Madmen see monsters – and monsters hide in plain sight

 

From a basement office in London’s notorious Bethlehem Hospital, Sebastian Becker investigates wealthy eccentrics whose dubious mental health may render them unable to manage their own affairs. His interview with rich landowner Sir Owain Lancaster, whose sanity has been in question since a disastrous scientific adventure in the Amazon killed his family and colleagues, coincides with the disappearance of two young local girls. When the children are found slain, Lancaster claims that the same dark forces that devastated his family have followed him home. It is not the first time that children have come to harm in his rural countryside town, though few are willing to speak of incidents from the past. Becker must determine whether this mad nobleman is insane and a murderer, or if some even more sinister agency is at work.

   Struggling on his small salary, and with unexpected help from a son who needs special care, Becker and his wife make sacrifices so Becker can stay on the case after an innocent man is convicted of the crime. The answers he seeks may be found with the assistance of the local investigator and a young suffragette who fled Arnmouth, but couldn’t flee the horrors she encountered there. 

   From dank asylums to the lush and treacherous Amazon, through the makeshift studios of the early film industry and a traveling fair of freaks and illusions, Sebastian Becker’s search for answers brings him face to face with madmen and monsters, both imagined and real. Confronting immense danger in his hunt for the truth, he will explore murder, tragedy, and the tempestuous depths of his own mind. 

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