The Way of All Flesh (Paperback)Ambrose Parry (author)
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Bodies are piling up in the shadowy backstreets of Victorian Edinburgh and it is up to apprentice medic Will Raven and his mentor’s spirited housemaid Sarah Fisher to bring the culprit to justice. Ambrose Parry is, in reality, Scottish crime fiction royalty Christopher Brookmyre and his consultant anaesthetist wife Dr. Marisa Haetzman, and The Way of All Flesh certainly showcases Brookmyre’s raucous panache and Haetzman’s depth of medical knowledge . With a brilliantly rendered detective double act at its heart this collaborative debut is wonderfully grisly fun and, hopefully, the start of a long running series.
Waterstones Thriller & Scottish Book of the Month for May 2019
Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2019
Edinburgh, 1847. Will Raven is a medical student, apprenticing for the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Sarah Fisher is Simpson's housemaid, and has all of Raven's intelligence but none of his privileges.
As bodies begin to appear across the Old Town, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh's underworld. And if either of them are to make it out alive, they will have to work together to find out who's responsible for the gruesome deaths.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
'Parry's Victorian Edinburgh comes vividly alive - and it's a world of pain.' - Val McDermid
'The Way of All Flesh is a treat. The historical setting is fascinating, and all of Brookmyre's wit and storytelling verve are evident in this tale of scalpels and secrets.' - The Times
'Menacing, witty and ingeniously plotted, Ambrose Parry's debut draws you into the dark heart of nineteenth-century Edinburgh and won't let you go until the final page.' - S.J. Parris
'A rip-roaring tale of murder amid the medical experiments of 19th-century Edinburgh. The book brings both city and period to colourful life and is a joy to read.' - Ian Rankin, The Guardian
'Utterly compelling, this tale of Old Edinburgh is so full of characters and startling incident that I never wanted it to end.' - Denise Mina
'A thoroughly entertaining tale of murder and misadventure in 1840s Edinburgh.' - Sunday Times
'A dynamic new arrival... Ambrose Parry's The Way of All Flesh is set in an 1840s Edinburgh where new science and old beliefs rub shoulders. Its twisty gothic plot is based on grisly real events.' - Nicci French, Observer
'An astonishing debut. The dark and dangerous past is brought thrillingly to life. I can't wait to read more of Raven and Sarah.' - Mark Billingham
'The city of Burke and Hare has found a new classic murder. The Way of All Flesh is a darkly stylish mystery underpinned by hard facts and expert research. A hugely enjoyable debut.' - Louise Welsh
'Exceptional.' - Irvine Welsh
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