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Mr. Timothyby Louis Bayard
"[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)
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What happens when a villain becomes a hero?
Mr. Hyde is trapped, locked in Dr. Jekylls surgical cabinet, counting the hours until his inevitable capture. As four days pass, he has the chance, finally, to tell his story—the story of his brief, marvelous life.
Summoned to life by strange potions, Hyde knows not when or how long he will have control of “the body.” When dormant, he watches Dr. Jekyll from a remove, conscious of this other, high-class life but without influence. As the experiment continues, their mutual existence is threatened, not only by the uncertainties of untested science, but also by a mysterious stalker. Hyde is being taunted—possibly framed. Girls have gone missing; someone has been killed. Who stands, watching, from the shadows? In the blur of this shared consciousness, can Hyde ever be confident these crimes were not committed by his hand?
“You may think you know Dr. Jekyll, but this Hyde is a different beast altogether."—Jon Clinch, author of Finn
"Prepare to be seduced by literary devilry! Go back to Victorian times to find a very postmodern whodunit. Visceral prose, atmosphere you could choke on, characters who seem to be at your very shoulder."—Ronald Frame, author of Havisham
"Hyde brings into the light the various horrors still hidden in the dark heart of Stevensons classic tale of monstrosity and addiction. Devious and ingenious, it is a blazing triumph of the gothic imagination."—Patrick McGrath, author of Asylum
"[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)
"There isn't one throwaway sentence....Told in shimmering, knock-your-socks-off language....Bayard weaves together a subtle character examination and a page-turning plot, producing one truly engaging book. (Grade: A)" Rebecca Ascher-Walsh, Entertainment Weekly
"[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
"[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
"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
"A spirited adventure...this mix of thriller and literature is as rich as a Christmas cake soaked in brandy." Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"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
"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
"The voice and intelligence behind the book are a real marvel." Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and Four Spirits
"[A]ll of the moral passion of a Dickens novel but none of the quaint sentimentality." Gary Krist, bestelling author of Extravagance
"[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
"Mr. Timothy is a spirited and absorbing thriller and Louis Bayard is a very talented writer." Kevin Baker, author of Paradise Alley
A reimagining of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the monsters perspective, Hyde makes a hero of a villain. As a bonus, Stevensons original novel is included at the back.
Welcome to the world of a grown-up Timothy Cratchit, as created by the astonishing imagination of author Louis Bayard.
Mr. Timothy Cratchit 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, the enigmatic Philomela. Spurred on by the unwavering enthusiasm of a street-smart, fast-talking homeless boy who calls himself Colin the Melodious, Timothy soon finds that he's on the trail of something far worse — and far more dangerous — than an ordinary killer.
This breathless flight through the teeming markets, shadowy passageways, and rolling brown fog of 1860s London is wrought with remarkable depth and intelligence, complete with surprising twists and extraordinary heart.
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.
Table of Contents
Day 1 morning 3
Day 1 afternoon 32
Day 1 nightfall 42
Day 2 before dawn 63
Day 2 morning 83
Day 2 dusk 104
Day 3 before dawn 136
Day 3 noon 186
Day 3 night 228
Day 4 sunrise 277
Introduction to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 303
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 307
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