Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding Series #1)

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Blind Justice marks the debut of a delightful mystery series featuring the legendary eighteenth-century London judge Sir John Fielding. In eighteenth-century England, Fielding was famed not only as a co-founder (with his half brother, the novelist Henry Fielding) of London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners, but as a magistrate of keen intellect, fairness - and uncommon detective ability. When a crime was committed, he often took it upon himself to solve it. What made this all the more remarkable was ...
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Overview

Blind Justice marks the debut of a delightful mystery series featuring the legendary eighteenth-century London judge Sir John Fielding. In eighteenth-century England, Fielding was famed not only as a co-founder (with his half brother, the novelist Henry Fielding) of London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners, but as a magistrate of keen intellect, fairness - and uncommon detective ability. When a crime was committed, he often took it upon himself to solve it. What made this all the more remarkable was that he was blind. Blind Justice introduces one of the most memorable mystery heroes in years, as, accompanied by his "eyes" (and the series' narrator), thirteen-year-old Jeremy Proctor, Fielding probes into every stratum of London society in pursuit of the truth. In this case, the truth has to do with the death of a lord, whose suicide soon begins to look like something very different indeed. A widow with no tears, a room with no exit, a servant with no past, a corpse with clean hands - these are but a few of the elements that will lead Fielding into a dark labyrinth of deception, greed and murder...a labyrinth, he will find, with a very unusual monster at its center.

First of a series featuring Sir John Fielding, a magistrate who in the 18th Century co-founded London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners. The narrator is Jeremy Proctor, a 13-year-old orphan who serves as Fielding's eyes. Fielding is blind. The series opens with the "suicide" of a lord known for his gambling and extra-marital affairs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This launch of a projected series set in 18th-century England introduces Sir John Fielding--blind, brilliant, compassionate magistrate of London's Bow Street Court--and Jeremy Proctor, the narrator, a penniless, intelligent 13-year-old orphan whom Sir John has taken into his household. Exercising the broad magisterial powers of the era, the judge investigates the death of wealthy Lord Richard Goodhope, who was discovered shot through the head, gun at his feet, behind the locked door of his library. Though the initial finding is suicide, Jeremy notices a clue that points to murder, a conclusion bolstered by the findings of surgeon Gabriel Donnelly. The investigation of Lord Richard's dissolute life, including extramarital affairs and gambling forays (sometimes shared with his Jamaica-based half-brother during his visits to London), seems to lead nowhere until Sir John commands all interested parties to gather at the murder scene, where he engineers a shocking solution to the crime. Lively characters, vivid incidents, clever plotting and a colorful setting make for a robust series kickoff from Alexander, a pseudonymous ``well-known author of fiction and nonfiction.'' (Sept.)
School Library Journal
YA-In the rough-and-tumble world of London in 1768, Jeremy, orphaned at the age of 13, is rescued from the streets by Sir John Fielding, a prominent judge who is known for his uncanny ability to dispense justice and ferret out evidence even though he is blind. Jeremy becomes Fielding's errand boy and assistant and helps him investigate the murder of Lord Goodhope, a man with many enemies. The complicated story is told by Jeremy as he remembers the case many years later. Details of the time period are accurate, including the personage of Sir John himself and the formation of the Bow Street Police. The narrator's wit, curiosity, and youthful energy make it easy for YAs to identify with him. However, the cover is drab, which may discourage young people from choosing the novel on their own.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
George Needham
Sir John Fielding was a legendary eighteenth-century British jurist who, despite his blindness, helped create London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners. Perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone discovered this fascinating character and built a series of mystery novels around him; if so, we can be very glad that the someone turned out to be Alexander. Let's hope this terrific debut is only the beginning of a long and successful series about Fielding and his young assistant (and our intrepid narrator), the orphan Jeremy Proctor. The plot centers on the apparent suicide of Lord Richard Goodhope, philanderer, gambler, and former friend of His Majesty King George III. Along the way, we meet such notables as Dr. Samuel Johnson, the rather obnoxious James Boswell, and noted actor David Garrick. The mystery element is not overly complicated, but the novel offers much to treasure: wonderful use of language, a rich cast of characters, and an intoxicating evocation of time and place. Expect the pseudonymous Alexander to attract a wide following in public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425150078
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Series: Sir John Fielding Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 701,614
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.96 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Alexander is the pseudonym for a well-known author of fiction and non-fiction. The previous books in this series are Blind Justice, Murder in Grub Street (Named by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book in 1995), Watery Grave, Person or Persons Unknown (named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best novels of 1997), Jack, Knave and Fool, and Death of a Colonial.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

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    Sir John Fielding is the most!

    I am not much of a book reviewer. This book starts out with the story of a 13 year old boy who tragically loses his family in the mid 1700s and his journey to London only to be caught by an unscruplous "Thief Taker" and hauled into the court room presided over by the "Blind Beak" Sir John Fielding the magistrate of the Bow Street Court. From there the story of the destitute child and the blind Magistrate begin to take off. This is a great series of books written by Bruce Alexander. I am really sorry to learn that he died just as his 10th book was being published. He didn't live to see the 11th and final book published. I am rationing the books to myself otherwise I would have read all 11 books in less than 2 weeks! Truly enjoyable and so far each book has been better than the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    Perfect balance

    I stumbled on this series when I was on vacation. It was perfect! I've read 4 out of 10 books so far and each one was a relaxing read with some mystery and interesting insights into that time of history. I found that I didnt pick up this series because of the the mystery so much, but following the lives of the people involved in the mystery. I think I enjoyed that part the most.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    One of the best historical mysteries series ever!

    After reading the first book in this series, I rushed out to get the next three volumes. Have read all of them in three days, and being unable to find the fifth, I drove to the next county looking for it. I love historical novels more than mysteries, and this is marvelous! Alexander does a wonderful job of making the reader live in the past. He is skillful at explaining the differences in the past without lapsing into a lecture and at making the reader aware of things that would be startling to them, but which were accepted as matter of course by people living then. The characters are nuanced and continuing characters are a pleasure to know and I long to get back to them. Now I have to find a biography of Fielding, and a history of the Runners ... .

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    Sir John Fielding and his young charge spring instantly to life

    Sir John Fielding and his young charge spring instantly to life in this first book of a series I very much look forward to enjoying, book after book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    You can't eat just one!! If you read this book, you will not be able to stop until you have devoured the whole series!!

    If you have not yet discovered the Sir John Fielding series by Bruce Alexander, you are in for a real treat! This might be my favorite mystery series of all time!! The writing is beautiful and compelling, capturing the flavor of the 18th century as well as the attention of the modern reader. You are swept away into Covent Garden in 1772 and you don't care if you ever come back to the present.

    Take my advice and read this book. You will not regret it!!! You will love Sir John. You will be charmed by his young assistant, Jeremy Proctor, and you will meet a cast of characters whose exploits you'll be delighted to follow throughout the next 10 books and sad to bid farewell to when the series ends.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

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    Piercing the Veil

    This murder mystery is set in London in the 1760's. Life in London at this time could be pretty raw. Crime was rampant and the penalties under the law were very severe. Jeremy Proctor, an orphan newly arrived in London, narrowly avoids a life in prison after being the innocent dupe of a false charge of theft. His benefactor is the magistrate, Sir John Fielding who, though he is blind, sees through the plot against Jeremy. Sir John is the founder of the Bow Street Runners, an early police force in London. He is also a very skilled investigator. Jeremy, taken under Sir John's wing, aides in the investigation of a mysterious, locked room murder. The book is quite entertaining. The scenes of eighteenth London are rich in detail and add greatly to the exciting plot. This is the first in a thrilling series of mysteries set in Georgian England

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