By Quintin Jardine

Very attractive in addition to creative, and the unraveling of the secret is excellently performed (Scotsman Allan Massie)

Well developed, fast moving, Jardine's narrative has many an creative twist and switch (Observer)

Remarkably guaranteed, raw-boned, a travel de strength (New York Times)

About the Author
Quintin Jardine used to be born as soon as upon a time within the West - of Scotland instead of the US, yet nonetheless he grew to manhood as an important Sergio Leone fan. at the means there he was once proficient, opposed to his will, in Glasgow, the place he ditched a token try and research legislation for extra attention-grabbing careers in journalism, govt propaganda, and political spin-doctoring.

After a detailed name with the Brighton Bomb in 1984, he moved into the even riskier international of media family consultancy, earlier than realising that every one alongside he were education to develop into against the law author. Now, 40 novels later, he by no means seems to be back.

Along the best way he has created/acquired a longer family members in Scotland and Spain. every thing he does is for them.

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Alter the ingredients to a beadle and a workhouse – the scenes may be the same, but the whole flavour of vice will be lost, and the boy will turn out a perfect pattern. 28 As already noted, one of the most concerted attacks in this phase of the Newgate controversy came from Thackeray, whose Catherine: A Story was written specifically – according to the advertisement that accompanied volume publication – ‘to counteract the injurious influence of some popular fictions of that day, which made heroes of highwaymen and burglars, and created a false sympathy for the vicious and criminal’.

35 These ranged from notorious murder trials such as 32 The Newgate novel and sensation fiction, 1830–1868 the Road Murder (1860), in which the sixteen-year-old Constance Kent was acquitted of the bloody murder of her four-year-old brother, and the 1857 trial of Madeline Smith, who was accused of killing her lover by putting arsenic in his cocoa, to the Yelverton bigamy-divorce trial which drew attention to marital irregularities and the chaotic state of the marriage laws. The changing state of upper and middle-class marriage was also highlighted by the reporting of the proceedings of the new Divorce Court, created after the passing of the Matrimonial Causes Act of 1857.

The essential characteristic of this age and land is publicity. There exists a press which bares at once to the universal eye every example of guilt that comes before a legal tribunal. In these very newspapers which would forbid a romance writer to depict crime with all that he can suggest to demonstrate its causes, portray its hideousness, insist on its inevitable doom . . the meanest secrets of the prison-house are explored. 34 In the 1860s the sensation novel and the sensation debate were also closely intertwined with developments in the newspaper press.

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