Synopses & Reviews
"Leon Garfield is unmatched for sheer, exciting storytelling." -- Lloyd Alexander
A swarthy villain, nearly seven foot tall and presumed hanged, seems to wake from the dead in the presence of young Bartholomew Dorking. Having outwitted the noose, Black Jack enlists the unwilling boy to be his companion. Together they weave their way through the seamiest parts of old London, a traveling circus, and a private madhouse where forgotten lunatics are chained in empty rooms, and from which Bartholomew rescues Belle, a girl who may not be mad at all. Culminating in a ground-shaking climax, this strange and rich novel, whose 1979 film adaptation was shown at the Cannes International Film Festival, will enrapture readers young and old.
Having unwittingly resurrected the gigantic Black Jack, a hanged criminal, Bartholomew becomes his unwilling companion. As they weave their way through old London and the countryside, Bartholomew, now called Tolly, grows into manhood.
About the Author
(1921-96) was the author of numerous books for children and adults. Black Jack
was his fourth books, originally published in 1968.