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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 06/09/2012
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The story of Tom-All-Alone's takes place in the 'space between' two masterpieces of mid-Victorian fiction: Bleak House and The Woman in White - overlapping with them, and re-imagining them for a contemporary reader, with a modern understanding of the grimmer realities of Victorian society. Charles Maddox, dismissed from the police force, is working as a private detective and can only hope to follow in his uncle's formidable footsteps as an eminent thief-taker. On a cold and bright Autumn morning, a policeman calls on Charles at his lodgings with information that may be related to a case he is working on. He goes to a ruined cemetery to find a shallow grave containing the remains of four babies has been discovered. After examining them he concludes they are not related to his investigation, which is to find a young girl abandoned in a workhouse 16 years before, when her mother died. But all is not as it first appears. As he's drawn into another case at the behest of the eminent but feared lawyer, Edward Tulkinghorn, London's sinister underbelly begins to emerge. From the first gruesome murder, Charles has a race against time to establish the root of all evil. Tom's-All-Alone is 'Dickens but darker' - without the comedy, without the caricature, and a style all its own. The novel explores a dark underside of Victorian life that Dickens and Collins hinted at - a world in which young women are sexually abused, unwanted babies summarily disposed of, and those that discover the grim secrets of great men brutally eliminated.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781780331690
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 302 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 23 mm

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“London Lowlife”

Set in 1850 in the murky and squalid places Victorian London did so well, Tom-All-Alone's takes Bleak House as its inspiration.

The prologue sets the scene vividly. It is a dark November day in London, so... More

Paperback edition
20th October 2012
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“Great Dectective Novel”

Based on Dicken's novel Bleak House, Tom-All-Alone's is based on a Murder Mystery set around 1850 in Victorian London where Fog covers the air in the city and undercovering a murder. I loved how the story... More

Paperback edition
27th September 2012
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“Excellent storyline!”

The first half of the book didn't really impress me, but once I got through the ''preliminaries'' I have really enjoyed every bit of it! The storyline is well chosen, excellent imagery ...... More

Paperback edition
4th November 2012
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