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Lynn Shepherd’s first acclaimed novel of historical suspense, Murder at Mansfield Park, brilliantly reimaginedthe time of Jane Austen. Now, in this spellbinding new triumph, she introduces an unforgettable duo of detectives into thegaslit world of Dickens. London, 1850.Charles Maddox had been an up-and-coming officer for the Metropolitan police until a charge of insubordination abruptly ended his career. Now he works alone, strugglingto eke out a living by tracking down criminals. Whenever he needs it, he has the help of his great-uncle Maddox, a legendary “thief taker,”a detective as brilliant and intuitive as they come. OnCharles’s latest case, he’ll need all the assistance he can get. To his shock, Charles has been approached by Edward Tulkinghorn, theshadowy and feared attorney, who offers him a handsome price to do some sleuthing for a client. Powerfulfinancier Sir Julius Cremornehas been receiving threatening letters, and Tulkinghorn wants Charles to—discreetly—find and stopwhoever is responsible. But what starts as a simple, open-and-shutcase swiftly escalates into something bigger andmuch darker. As hecascades toward a collision with anunspeakable truth, Charles can only be aided so far by Maddox. The old man shows signs of forgetfulness and anger, symptoms of an age-related ailment that has yet to be named. Intricately plotted and intellectually ambitious, The Solitary House is an ingenious novel that does more than spin an enthralling tale: it plumbs the mysteries of the human mind.
Shelfari edited the description of The Solitary House Thursday, September 22, 2011.