The Bohemian Girl

The Bohemian Girl

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by Kenneth Cameron
     
 

When Denton, the famous American author and expatriate in turn-of-the-century London, receives a letter from a young woman saying she’s in danger and needs his help, he doubts there’s anything he can do. The letter is months old, and was only forwarded to him when the buyer of a painting found it stuck behind the frame. But why did she hide the note

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When Denton, the famous American author and expatriate in turn-of-the-century London, receives a letter from a young woman saying she’s in danger and needs his help, he doubts there’s anything he can do. The letter is months old, and was only forwarded to him when the buyer of a painting found it stuck behind the frame. But why did she hide the note instead of sending it? The search for answers leads Denton into the heart of Bohemian London—the world of artists and their models, of brilliance and depravity, where the border between genius and madness is hard to discern but easy to cross. And before he has learned the shocking truth, Denton will discover what it’s like to be the object of a lethal obsession and endure a terrifying confrontation with his own demons.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set at the turn of the 20th century, Cameron's memorable sequel to 2009's The Frightened Man finds General Denton, American expatriate and novelist, returned to his London home after six month's travel on the Continent, which included a lengthy stint in a Central European prison. In his mail, Denton finds a two-month-old letter from a Mary Thomason asking him to help her evade a threat. Thomason's plea was forwarded by one Aubrey Heseltine, who discovered the letter attached to the back of a painting he just purchased. Denton, his curiosity piqued, seeks out Heseltine to get a lead on his would-be client. Meanwhile, Denton himself becomes the object of interest of an unknown watcher. The two story strands weave together nicely before coming to resolutions that are anything but obvious. Other authors have set mysteries in the same period and place, but Cameron stands out by virtue of his fine plotting and distinctive characters. (June)
Library Journal
Just back from a stay in a Transylvanian prison, American author Denton receives a letter sent months earlier from a woman who claimed to be in danger and sought his help. He also finds himself the stalking victim of a man who wants Denton's success and identity. VERDICT In this successful follow-up to his Edgar Award-nominated debut, The Frightened Man, Cameron displays his knowledge of life in Edwardian England and the tense political landscape that existed in Europe prior to World War I. Sure to appeal to readers who love historical mysteries intertwined with the edgy interpersonal relationships found in Anne Perry's work. [Library marketing.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312538972
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.62(h) x 1.09(d)

Meet the Author

KENNETH CAMERON is a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer. He lives in New York State.

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