Farriers' Lane

Farriers' Lane

Book - 1994
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"Gripping and intense...Her characters are authentically and appealingly drawn, and her plot is sinister." BOOKLIST When a distinguished judge dies of opium poisoning, the crucifixion five years before of Kingsley Blaine is brought back into the public eye, and it is screaming for revenge. The police had arrested a Jewish actor, who was soon condemend to hang. Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, investigating the judge's death, is drawn into the sensational murder, because it appears the judge was about to reopen the earlier case. He receives curiously little help from his colleagues on the force, but his wife, Charlotte, gleans from her social engagements startling insights into the women in both cases. And slowly both Thomas and Charlotte begin to reach the same sinister and deeply dangerous truth.... SELECTED BY THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB
Publisher: New York : Fawcett Crest, 1994, c1993.
ISBN: 9780449219614
0449219615
Branch Call Number: 823.914
Characteristics: 421 p. ; 18 cm.

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For those who like the victorian background and low tech murder mystery gendre, this is a fun read but the author is playing with some very serious themes in 'jew hating' victorian England. I did not feel she treats the implications of the Victorian prejudices with any kind of analysis in hindsight and misses the opportunity to make her murder mystery tales socially relevant for this century. For this reason I think the book is disturbing and I would not recommend it to most readers except as an example of poor writing.

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