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Author: Martin Cruz Smith
"THE MOST INTERESTING AND RICHLY TEXTURED CRIME STORY OF THE SEASON." — --Time — The year is 1872. The place is Wigan, England, a coal town where rich mine owners live lavishly alongside miners no better than slaves. Into this dark complicated world comes Jonathan Blair, who has accepted a commission to find a missing man. As he begins his search ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345390448
ISBN-10: 034539044X
Publication Date: 6/10/1997
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 2
This book seems to have won grand reviews all over. I hope you believe them so that you will order my copy. But in all honesty...the character development is just plain awful. Everyone is a caricature of Old England except for the hero -- an entirely modern creature who so admiringly fights sexism, racism, imperialism, oppression and bad taste or anything else that offends our sensibilities. And the "dense" and "challenging" mystery can be solved from a mile away as soon as the author lets the clues drop. Avoid the hype, save your credit for something else.
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The story is set in the English coal producing town of Wegan in the 1870's. It starts out with a British engineer who longs to return to Africa and to his little daughter. But first he must solve a mystery of the disappearance of the fiance of the Bishops daughter in order to earn the money for his passage.
One of the interesting aspects of this tale is the view of the class structure during the Victorian period and the insights into British culture. This book is charming and suspenseful and will keep you guessing until the very end.
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A tight, tensely plotted mystery/thriller set in a 19th-century English coal-mining town. Kept me up late at night!
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Super mystery, historical novel, romance too. Interesting history on the British mining culture in the 19th century, found it very intriguing, with a surprise ending!
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