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    PDF The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller This is a delicious journey through fog shrouded Victorian London from the idle wealthy to the down and outs Ed

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    Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ñ John MacLachlan Gray PDF The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller This is one of those books where the whole thing doesn't make sense until you've finished it Written in a definitely Victorian mode it is both a tour of Victorian London and a mystery If you're not used to writing done in this style it can be a bit off putting to say the leastThe characters are well drawn and the story is a good one The main

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    Summary The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller PDF The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller This novel is essentially a Victorian murder mystery who is really Chokee Bill the murderer of prostitutes in London? Is it the man jailed for it or is it some other individual on the loose?The heavily flawed protagonist in this novel is the journalist Edmund Whitty A womanizer drunk drug user debtor etc there really is not much

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    PDF The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ñ John MacLachlan Gray A gritty portrayal of a predator in the underbelly of Victorian LondonWith no small amount of national pride I'm thrilled to report that mere

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    Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ñ John MacLachlan Gray PDF The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller Definitely a good one Finely researched although sometimes I thought the author had made a list of all things in 19th century London that HAVE to appear and than almost copied them from some book on the topic and a good st

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    Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ñ John MacLachlan Gray PDF The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller John MacLachlan Gray Ñ 9 Download I had a very slow start with The Fiend In Human by John MacLachlan Gray and for a time I started to wonder if I would actually finish it I'm not even sure why because it's rather brilliant but it had a long build up establishing the settings th

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    Summary The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller PDF The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller John MacLachlan Gray Ñ 9 Download Edmund Whitty is a journalist in Victorian London Not just any journalist however for among his colleagues with the possible exceptio

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Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ñ John MacLachlan Gray

The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller

John MacLachlan Gray Ñ 9 Download Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ñ John MacLachlan Gray The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller Free download å E-book, or Kindle E-pub His most recent triumph was to supply a name to the fiend in human form who has murdered God knows how many prostitutes with a white silk scarf Chokee Bill To the correspondent’s satisfaction Chokee Bill incited a garrotting panic that paralyzed the business of London until the arrest of one William Ryan Normality has returned The hangman Mr Calcraft as dusty and dreary as death itself awaitsBroke again and in search of crisp copy Whitty makes a shocking b. A gritty portrayal of a predator in the underbelly of Victorian LondonWith no small amount of national pride I m thrilled to report that mere superlatives somehow seem insufficient to convey Gray s debut success with The Fiend in HumanEdmund Whitty is a profligate dissolute freelance journalist who has succumbed to every known Victorian vice save womanizing snuff cigarettes gin opium laudanum and Acker s Chlorodine a potent mixture of opium marijuana and cocaine in alcohol Despite having achieved a measure of journalistic fame and public notoriety by assigning the moniker Chokee Bill to William Ryan currently awaiting execution for the strangulation and grisly mutilation of five ladies of uestionable virtue Whitty struggles with an ongoing desperate need to produce the income reuired to stave off gambling debtors who won t hesitate to use a physical beating to persuade payment In the course of searching out new crisp copy lurid sensational pieces he can submit to his tight fisted editor he meets the impoverished Henry Owler a patterer who wishes to render Ryan s last confession before his hanging into true crime verse But Ryan not unlike other convicted criminals of course protests he is innocent and circumstances begin to persuade Owler and Whitty that Ryan is indeed telling the truth The signature white scarf killings have continued swept under the carpet and hushed up by one and all the police the merchants the petty criminals and even the poverty stricken residents of the local neighbourhood Whitty in a desperate bid to achieve real fame in a fading limpid journalistic career and financial freedom from the debtors who are relentlessly hounding him decides to stake all on proving Ryan s innocenceGray has masterfully married the ascerbically witty comic and always flowery Dickensian dialogue with Anne Perry s superb elegant atmospheric descriptions of Victorian London life and then improved both by taking a step down into a much grittier earthier representation of real characters living real lives Two gentlemen Oxford swells pass wastrel days around gaming sex and booze The pain and wretched difficulties of daily life in a London slum are portrayed in exuisite graphic detail that might warrant a warning to sensitive viewers were the medium television instead of a novel Older female chaperones uaintly termed confidential friends are employed to protect the nominal virtue of young ladies of marriageable age The surviving local champion bare knuckles boxer is portrayed as a friendly publican uite capable of acting as his own bouncer Steet walkers and hookers are picked up by gentleman johns with a ritualized stylized dialogue and negotiation that by today s standards is absolutely hilariousYou ll be treated for example to Gray s wonderful Dickensian variation on a simple theme that you and I would have written as simply Beauty is in the eye of the beholder For in truth there exists no young female charwoman or countess schoolgirl or flower seller in London who does not exist in some male mind as a tantalizing fantasy in whose honour some schoolboy does not regularly engage in self abuse fantasy which when he becomes an old boy he will seek to make real Hence the relation between the brothel and the theatre success in both depends upon one s observation of the world of the human mind as well as one s own outward identity in the calligraphy of sexThe whodunit succeeds admirably with a couple of superb twists reserved until the final pages In fact the final twist a brilliant piece of mis direction by Gray is held in reserve until the very last paragraph On a somewhat deeper level Gray manages like Dickens to also make probing critical comment on a number of issues without disrupting the flow of the story in the slightest For example his criticism of the ethics of journalists and the vested interest they have in creating news where none necessarily exists is uite apparentWhat a find The Fiend in Human ualifies as perhaps the finest most enjoyable read I ve had the good luck to encounter over the last few yearsPaul Weiss

Summary The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller

John MacLachlan Gray Ñ 9 Download Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ñ John MacLachlan Gray The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller Free download å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ut not altogether surprising discovery the white scarf slayings have continued When he endeavours to find the real Chokee Bill he is greeted with emphatic hostility both offcial and unoffcialThis Dickensian tale offers galvanizing suspense and an evocative and witty vision of life in Victorian London in which the hallmark of a gentleman is perfection without putrefaction within and the hallmark of a lady is to have snared a gentleman From the Paperback editi. Edmund Whitty is a journalist in Victorian London Not just any journalist however for among his colleagues with the possible exception of Mr Hicks the contrarian who it is said keeps beetles in his pockets Whitty is the most despised correspondent in London In addition to covering public hangings sex scandals in girl s schools and other newsworthy items Whitty recently created a sensation by dubbing London s latest killer of prostitutes Chokee Bill Since that moment of glory however Whitty has been floundering in a sea of gin opium wine and any other substance he can get his hands on He is also in debt to the owner of a local rat fighting pit and it has reached the point where knees may be broken if he can t begin making payments soon Ostensibly The Fiend in Human is the story of Whitty s unraveling of the truth about Chokee Bill with interesting interplay between the forces of journalism public opinion and London s Metropolitan Police force in the person of one Inspector Salmon I say ostensibly because it is really a story of Victorian London and in my opinion the mystery plot takes second place to the city and its inhabitants which Mr Gray renders almost tangible in his descriptionsAs just a uick example Mr Gray writes excellent character sketches and Inspector Salmon is described as tall and thin like a whipping post in chin whiskers and top hat while Mr Whitty s disapproving landlady entirely fills the entry as she glares at him wearing an expression calculated beforehand to inspire miscellaneous guilt I would compare The Fiend in Human to Charles Palliser s The uincunx in terms of writing style Palliser s book has a intricate plot but then The uincunx is 800 pages long compared to The Fiend s 352 pages In my opinion the joy of reading either book is in the writing itself and the plot takes a backseat to the wonderful things that the author can do with words Yes there are a few small plot holes in The Fiend but I was having so much fun reading it that I really didn t care

Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ñ John MacLachlan Gray

John MacLachlan Gray Ñ 9 Download Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ñ John MacLachlan Gray The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller Free download å E-book, or Kindle E-pub It’s 1852 and the ranks of the London poor have doubled In the swollen shadow of the great St Giles Rookery fallen women attract perfumed dandies of the West End in a vicious circle of venality vanity and viceEdmund Whitty correspondent for The Falcon the city’s second best sensational tabloid writes whatever will stimulate the reader delay his increasingly physical creditors and supply him with the alcohol and opiates reuired to see him through the day. This is a delicious journey through fog shrouded Victorian London from the idle wealthy to the down and outs Edmund Whitty is a journalist but he is also a down and out His work days are occupied with covering less than plum assignments and his days and nights filled with substance abuse Ironically and eventually his circumstances change slightly for the better by his association with the underside of London and finally a purpose While reading The Fiend in Human I kept expecting Jack the Ripper to show and he does in a way The book is extremely well written and plotted and holds reader interest to an end with a twist uotes Mr Darwinis only half correct when he postulates the necessary evolution of the species It is possible to devolve as well as to evolve On Marriage You re leaving out of account the thrill of the chase What would become of fox hunting if it were always the same fox On the demise of newspapers When there is an electric telegraph situated in every home receiving instant news by the hour I ask You who will need newspapers then This is the kind of writing that makes Fiend so deliciousBy half past four the London afternoon is transformed utterly by fog an almost daily occurrence in which a thick sooty curtain drops between everyone and everything noon becomes night and the city assumes the cloistered gravity of a confession booth in which nobody sees anyone else but as a shadow in the mist when the immanent roar of machines and men is silenced leaving only the muffled clatter of nearby horseshoes on stone and the occasional disembodied voice whose speaker remains anonymous and untouchable When it is the yellow fog people and objects may be discerned and recognized albeit with difficulty but once the grey sets in the city becomes a well kept secret even from itself Fact red velvet being at one time restricted to the gentry by law Surely there is nothing hilarious to God than a praying agnostic About Whitty Hit your head you did in the fall from the carriage Might do you good a few less brains think of it as a form of pruning

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 496
  • The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller
  • John MacLachlan Gray
  • English
  • 01 July 2020
  • 9780770429386