The Quincunx Author:Charles Paliser A tour de force of mystery, intrigue and passionate revenge, The Quincunx is an ingenious modern twist on the grand fictional tradition of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. Charles Palliser unfolds an epic story of murder, disinheritance and deception that knits all levels of English society together in a mesmerizing, intricately crafted plot.... more »
Searching for clues to his origins, John Huffan, a young man from the north of England, comes to believe that he is the victim of a vast and ancient conspiracy, and that only by claiming his mystery-enshrouded birthright can he escape it.
The Quincunx combines the narrative thrust of the Victorian novel with the spellbinding ingenuity of a modern whodunnit - indeed, many of the clues to the mysteries that John confronts are to be found in the illustrative clues throughout the novel. Riveting in suspense, scrupulously accurate in its period detail, and daringly original in form, The Quincunx is that rarest of literature achievements: a superbly written work of fiction that is impossible to put down.« less