Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? (Montmorency Series #1)

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When a petty thief falls through a glass roof trying to escape from the police, what should have been the death of him marks the beginning of a whole new life. He soon becomes the most elusive burglar in Victorian London, adopting a dual existence as both a respectable, wealthy gentleman named ...

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Overview


Set in Victorian London, this is a gripping tale of a man leading a double life as a thief and a gentleman.

When a petty thief falls through a glass roof trying to escape from the police, what should have been the death of him marks the beginning of a whole new life. He soon becomes the most elusive burglar in Victorian London, adopting a dual existence as both a respectable, wealthy gentleman named Montmorency, and his degenerate servant Scarper.

In Victorian London, after his life is saved by a young physician, a thief utilizes the knowledge he gains in prison and from the scientific lectures he attends as the physician's case study exhibit to create a new, highly successful, double life for himself.

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Voice of Youth Advocates
June 1, 2004

In the mid-1870s, London is just finishing its first sanitary sewer system to transport waste out of the city. The eighty-three miles of unmonitored underground tunnels prove to be the perfect secret transportation system for a petty thief just released from prison after a botched robbery attempt in which he was seriously injured. Upon accidentally learning the specifics of this vast network of sewers, he immediately recognizes its potential for traveling completely undetected by the police from the scene of a burglary to a safe distance away, and a very stinky version of the cat burglar is born. To make the most of his ill-gotten gains, the thief adopts two identities: One is the well-mannered and cultured Montmorency who lives in the luxurious and expensive Marimion Hotel, and the other is the grimy, smelly Scarper, sewer rat and Montmorency's servant. Scarper's undesirable personal countenance discourages people from close contact as he scuttles up back stairways at the hotel carrying heavy bags. No one ever looks close enough to discover that he and Montmorency are actually the same person. As Montmorency makes friends among the aristocracy, his ability to mimic the customs, behavior, and speech of others proves quite valuable and in the end leads him to an occupation in service to his country and well suited to his skills, divorcing himself from the unseemly Scarper side of his personality. Updale's story is well-written and easy to follow. It is a sort of spy-crime story with a tone reminiscent of the BBC. It might be a bit tame, however, for teenagers accustomed to the action-adventure movie genre with myriad martial arts battles, elaborate weaponry, and high-tech gizmos.-James Blasingame.

Booklist
May 1, 2004

Gr. 6-9. Sewage stinks, but rich people, on the whole, don't. This truism forms the core of Updale's Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde-style crime story. When thief Montmorency isn't living the high life as a respectable gentleman, he plays the role of his own servant, Scarper, who skulks through sewage tunnels to steal from London's wealthiest neighborhoods. Instead of greeting Montmorency/Scarper's misdeeds with a karmic comeuppance, Updale openly admires the ingenuity of a con artist who is able to maneuver within rigidly stratified Victorian society. Many readers will find the absence of a moral slant refreshing, and Montmorency's heart-pounding brushes with discovery add a palpable layer of suspense. It's tough to pinpoint the target audience, though--some readers will react negatively to the absence of characters their own age, and find the abundant period details overly fussy (in one scene, Montmorency lingers over the subtle flavors of whisky). This will appeal the most to older kids who enjoy immersing themselves in historical atmosphere, including some adult devotees of Victorian detective fiction. A sequel is planned for 2005. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publishers Weekly
April 5, 2004

Updale employs a distinctive, wry voice in this debut novel to launch a series about a convict-turned-gentleman in late 19th-century England. After being paraded around lecture halls by the doctor who saved his life after a near-fatal accident at his capture, the cunning Montmorency develops a taste for the high life and a strategy for attaining it (involving a map of underground sewers, viewed at same lecture halls). The humor arises from the juxtaposition of the fellow's circumstances versus his aspirations. For instance, Montmorency hatches his plan as the prison's chaplain utters the blessing at the conclusion of services: "He would become his own accomplice. His old self would become the servant of his new self. One would live in squalor, the other in style." Updale credibly establishes the prisoner as intelligent and as a quick study in the art of mimicry (t

Publishers Weekly
"The author employs a distinctive, wry voice in this debut novel to launch a series about a convict-turned-gentleman in late 19th-century England," wrote PW. "A fine introduction to the thriller genre." Ages 9-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2004: Badly injured while running away from the police, a thief in Victorian London is saved by a doctor interested in trying out new surgical techniques on him. Dubbed "Montmorency," the name on the tool bag he was clutching when caught, the recovered thief survives the treatment, goes off to prison and ponders his life of crime—he's determined to do it better next time. Dragged about to scientific meetings to display the surgeon's handiwork, Montmorency picks up useful information about London's brand-new sewer system and realizes that these underground tunnels offer a thief a new way of getting away unseen. On his release from prison, he takes advantage of the sewer system to steal much more successfully, and establishes a double life for himself as a wealthy gentleman and his working class servant while police search in vain for a daring burglar. A posh new friend gets an inkling of his real identity, and offers him a chance to use his skills in breaking and entering as a spy, a new thrill for this essentially good-hearted rogue. This debut novel is rather old-fashioned, in keeping with its time period. It's told in the third person, which makes it a little less involving than it might be if told in the first person, but the details of a thief's life and Montmorency's struggle to maintain his two identities will keep readers turning the pages of this clever and often suspenseful historical novel. (An ALA Best Book for YAs.) KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Scholastic, 233p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Paula Rohrlick
Children's Literature
In 1874, a fleeing criminal crashes through a skylight in London and his body becomes mangled beyond repair. While a quick prison death seems certain, a young surgeon, in order to secure his place in history at the Royal College of Surgeons, begins to rebuild the young man, who now calls himself Montmorency. While attending a Scientific Society meeting with the doctor, Montmorency formulates a plan to turn himself into a gentleman. He will use the newly built eighty-three miles of underground tunnels, the revolutionary sewage system, as a secret route through London to execute robberies. Upon release, Montmorency employs an alias, Scarfer, a scruffy servant, to navigate the squalid tunnels and furnish the aristocratic Montmorency with enough treasures to slowly establish himself as a gentleman. Living a dual existence provides many close calls for Montmorency. However, Scarper slowly appears less and less, and Montmorency struggles to transform emotionally and ethically into a gentleman. This transformation will fascinate young readers, while social studies and history teachers will love the authentic details about 19th Century London. An interesting investigation into how advances in science and engineering led to social mobility and change. This is a highly recommended choice for young adult library collections. 2004 (orig. 2003), Orchard Books/Scholastic Inc, Ages 14 up.
—Hillary Homzie
VOYA
In the mid-1870s, London is just finishing its first sanitary sewer system to transport waste out of the city. The eighty-three miles of unmonitored underground tunnels prove to be the perfect secret transportation system for a petty thief just released from prison after a botched robbery attempt in which he was seriously injured. Upon accidentally learning the specifics of this vast network of sewers, he immediately recognizes its potential for traveling completely undetected by the police from the scene of a burglary to a safe distance away, and a very stinky version of the cat burglar is born. To make the most of his ill-gotten gains, the thief adopts two identities: One is the well-mannered and cultured Montmorency who lives in the luxurious and expensive Marimion Hotel, and the other is the grimy, smelly Scarper, sewer rat and Montmorency's servant. Scarper's undesirable personal countenance discourages people from close contact as he scuttles up back stairways at the hotel carrying heavy bags. No one ever looks close enough to discover that he and Montmorency are actually the same person. As Montmorency makes friends among the aristocracy, his ability to mimic the customs, behavior, and speech of others proves quite valuable and in the end leads him to an occupation in service to his country and well suited to his skills, divorcing himself from the unseemly Scarper side of his personality. Updale's story is well-written and easy to follow. It is a sort of spy-crime story with a tone reminiscent of the BBC. It might be a bit tame, however, for teenagers accustomed to the action-adventure movie genre with myriad martial arts battles, elaborate weaponry, and high-tech gizmos. VOYACodes 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Scholastic, 240p., Ages 12 to 18.
—James Blasingame
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-Cunning criminal mastermind Montmorency used his time in prison to devise the ultimate scheme to relieve the Victorian London upper crust of their prized possessions. Tipped off by a clue he heard while serving as a guinea pig in a medical seminar, Montmorency decides that the ghastly city sewers are his ticket to fame and fortune. And once out of prison, he heads straight below ground where he can enter and leave the apartments of his victims without a trace. Stealing enough goods to buy a room at one of London's poshest hotels, Montmorency discovers that the leisure-filled life he dreams of is finally within reach. Only then can he move to phase two of his plan. He devises an alter ego: Scarper, the sly thief and humble servant of the more esteemed and gentlemanly Montmorency. In true Shakespearean form, the "two" men dive in and out of scenes with astute deftness, duping less fortunate (and sometimes deserving) characters with hilarious aplomb. Peculiarly enough, Updale's seamless historical novel contains no true adolescent characters. Yet the transitional stages of Montmorency's entry into society and evolving sense of self-discovery resemble the paths taken by many famous teen protagonists. Readers will find themselves drawn not only to Montmorency's compellingly bizarre biography, but also to his clever and mischievous nature that eventually leads him to both a realization of his past wrongs and a valid career where he can put his "best" skills to good use.-Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Merge the dark fetid sewers of London in 1875 with a newly released thief from a prison where he was a doctor's specimen for pioneering treatments of complex wounds and the stage is set for good ole Victorian crime, deceit, and intrigue. Montmorency devises a plan to use the sewers as his escape routes, using his thefts to finance his refined life as a gentleman. Creating dual identities, Scarper as the sewer rat and Montmorency as the man of upper class, his scheme transforms his life. The underground/aboveground personas pose numerous risks: being drowned by sudden storms that flood the sewers; being recognized by his victims or the doctor; being slobbered on by the swoons of the hotelier's nosy, goony daughter; and being asked to explain why his manservant is never seen with him. A major theft leads to Montmorency becoming embroiled in international subterfuge. Short chapters and a fast-paced, quick-witted plot make easily readable and involving historical fiction, rife with noxious smells, sinister atmosphere, and cleverness. Sequel slated for '05. (Historical fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439580359
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Series: Montmorency Series , #1
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Eleanor Updale studied history at St. Anne’s College in Oxford, England, before becoming a producer of TV and radio current affairs programs for the BBC. She is studying for a Ph.D. at the new Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary College, University of London. She is also a trustee of the charity Listening Books. She lives in England. Montmorency is her first book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    Montmorency...Thief, Liar, One Good Character

    I think I was first hooked as I flipped throught the book with the line, 'Cissie Longman's mustache was positively twitching...' (I won't say the rest of the sentence, lest I spoil anything for anyone) What an opening line for a character! I had to read it, and I was perfectly satisfied. It's a great read, a great idea. You 'fall in love' with the characters. It's absolutely wonderfully good clean fun. Great for anyone who enjoys intrigue, suspense, and redemption. I can't wait for the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004

    beautiful writing

    Montmorency doesn't have much of a plot. It focuses on a released convict's plan to begin a new life of stealing. We go into his mind as he, as Montmorency, experiences the life of a gentleman, and his second life, Scrapner, continues to make his other-self rich.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    Got this at a book sale, having not heard of the series or the a

    Got this at a book sale, having not heard of the series or the author. And from the summary, this sounded just my kind of book. And wow was it. It had mystery, interesting characters, a fast pace, and really good writing. One of my favorite series for sure.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

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    Different, entertaining

    This is a great book. I was a little skeptical at first at how this would all turn out and it didn't end the way I would have expected. He's almost two different people at first but by the end of the book even when Monmorency is trying to be Scarper he has trouble and is more the gentlman, Montmorency, than he is the thief, Scarper. Nothing changes it though that he is a lier.

    He may have become a gentleman in deceitful ways but I'm of the opion that in the end he is not truly the thief, he is the gentleman. He unexpectedly finds himself returning some of the things he stole in the begining right after he was released from prison.

    I do wish that he had been able to speak with Dr. Farcett that would have been interesting. It was written well. There were some parts that had a little too much detail but it didn't go on forever which was good. The character building and portrayel was great for both Montmerencey and Scarper you could clearly see the difference between the two. When he was Scarper there was no thought for others, only himself. When he was Montmorency he was civil and at times did regret some of the things he (or Scarper) had stolen because someone else payed for his crime.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    Montmorency

    "Sewage stinks, but rich people, on the whole, don't."

    Allow me to introduce you to Scarper, a thief who sneaks around the sewers. Or is he Montmorency, the charming, wealthy gentleman living the high life of the well to do? Try both! This Jekyll and Hyde-esque novel is so wonderful. The plot is non-stop action and the characters are so very well-written.
    Montmorency, a seasoned yet likeable criminal, is saved through scientific advances and cutting edge surgery by the prison physician, Dr. Farcett. While being displayed by the good doctor in a lecture one day, Montmorency overhears a discussion on London's sewer system and his alter ego Scarper is born, along with an elaborate plan to make him rich.

    Although the book was published as a young adult novel, I do believe I enjoyed it more now than I would have as a teenager. It was a fast-paced and witty thriller and, lucky for me, there are 3 more in the series. Highly recommended :)

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    A Very Good Read

    Montmorency; The story of a thief, a liar, and even a gentleman.

    This story takes place in London, around the 1800's, where a man whose real name remains unknown plummets through a skylight while he is being chased by the police.

    After the accident, he is facing death. However, a young doctor who goes by the name of Robert Farcett shows up and decides to take on the challenge of "Piecing" him back together.

    As this man is in surgery he hears and learns about what is going on around him. Until one day, he hears about the implementation of London's new sewer system and designs a plot in which he can steal and escape using the brand new sewer system. This ingenious plan involves him creating two new personalities.

    The first personality we meet in the book is named Scarper. Scarper's main reason for being created is to be able to economically support Montmorency's (Other personality) stay at the luxurious Marimion Hotel. Scarper is a character whom represents the more real side of him. And actually it also represents the lower class. Seeing as to how Scarper dwells in the "rough" parts of town.

    The second personality we meet in the book is named Montmorency. Montmorency is essentially a façade. He is designed to take heat off of Scarper, since he can actually change from one to the other in practically no time. Montmorency is seen as a more "artificial" side of him, yet he still remains as the main point of focus throughout the story.

    Throughout the story we notice how these two personalities tend to contrast themselves, this is probably due to the nature of authors and how they feel the need to make FOIL characters. A good example of this could be how there is a more humane side to Scarper, while Montmorency seems to be a bit more egocentric.

    A crucial part of the story is how the personalities themselves turn sides. For example, in a part of the story we can see that Montmorency (As well as Scarper) begins to feel a sense of guilt, and even a sense of pity for those from whom he steals from. Feelings which earlier on meant nothing to him.

    I'm happy to say that I actually enjoyed reading this book, since it wasn't too much of a hassle to read, and it was actually really interesting. The story itself is very immersive, since I actually found myself sitting there for long periods of time without even standing up to get anything. And I'm quite happy to have finally found a book that I enjoyed reading. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a "not-too-long", yet interesting read.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

    Montmorency

    I've read this book at least once a year for four years. It's just so enthralling and keeps you guessing. Montmorency, sometimes known as Scarper, is always coming up with new, incredibly inventive ideas! It's a good book to practice reading skills too. There are so many characters, you have to really pay attention to know who is who, but that takes nothing away from the actual story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2009

    Magnificent!

    It is wonderful and captivating.I have never read anything like it!It is my absoltuely favorite book!I didn't realize how much I liked it until the third time I picked it up.I could not stop reading it, and when I did,I yerned to continue.His robberies were thrilling.I found it amusing when he began to dislike Scarper.I absolutely loved it, and I know anybody who picks it up will love it too.

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

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    Can An Unrepentant Thief Reform?

    The fall through the glass roof should have killed him. Instead prisoner 493 is saved by the efforts of a philanthropic young doctor and uses his time in prison to develop the ultimate plan, to be come a gentleman thief. When he is released, 493 chooses a new name and sets his plan in motion. I quite enjoyed this book. Not everyone will like it because of the very British-ness of the writing and because it is set in Victorian London. However, Montmorency is a very interesting character. He changes from a immoral thief, to a somewhat moral gentleman, and the struggle to reconcile the two is acknowledged and handled without weighting down the story. A twist at the end leaves the story open for another installment. If you like historical fiction, or interesting characters you should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    Good Mystery

    I never knew that London was a very dangerous city, but novelist Eleanor Updale made me see the excitement that is in this city. A petty thief collapses to his fate from a skylight rooftop, while escaping from the police a young doctor restores his body and after a couple years revives his body and shows off his work by displaying the thief. This thief listens and learns from other people and he comes up with a plan to have a new life when he leaves prison, a new life and a new identity. So when he finishes his sentence Montmorency is born. This book is how a mysterious man lives with two completely different lives in London, UK. Montmorency makes this book very mysterious, he is a respectable, Victorian gentleman, with a disintegrated servant called Scarper who is the villain in this book. These two work very hard in trying to accomplish their master plan by memorizing the sewerage system and uses his knowledge to become the most mysterious burglar in Victorian London. When Montmorency is close to his fate the surgeon Doctor Farcett is the man who reconstructs his body. Doctor Farcett shows off his work at Scientific Society meetings. This was a very difficult task for Dr. Farcett. London has been scarred by filth and inconvenience of road work and construction sites for almost 20 years, so Sir Joseph Bazalgette starts the new sewerage system for London. Many people have shoveled tons of earth and put millions of bricks to produce 83 million miles of underground tunnels which leads the smelly and dangerous waste of the city to the mouth of the Thames. This is where Scarper begins his journey in humiliating the police with many robberies and not giving away any clues about the suspect because one little mistake can reveal his secret and ruin both of his lives. Montmorency was a very enjoyable book for me. It is based in Victorian London where the creation of the characters is very skilful and you learn more about the hero as he adjust to dealing with both of his lives. He is like a hero because when you read it you feel more on his side even though you know all the bad things he is doing. It is a good skill to make readers like someone who is doing bad things, but this is what Updale does in her novels. This book turns the tables on you, making the villain the hero. Montmorency shows how people can change over time, and the ending surprised me. I thought this book was great! The chapters are short, but are full of different plots and cliffhangers! It's interesting to know what goes on through his mind while he is Scarper and Montmorency. Montmorency is one mystery book you have to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Montmorency

    This is my favorite book. Its the only book I read with out stoping becouse is board or passed out.This book is a 5 out of 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    JP

    I never knew that London was a very dangerous city, but novelist Eleanor Updale made me see the excitement that is in this city. A petty thief collapses to his fate from a skylight rooftop, while escaping from the police a young doctor restores his body and after a couple years revives his body and shows off his work by displaying the thief. This thief listens and learns from other people and he comes up with a plan to have a new life when he leaves prison, a new life and a new identity. So when he finishes his sentence Montmorency is born. This book is how a mysterious man lives with two completely different lives in London, UK. Montmorency makes this book very mysterious, he is a respectable, Victorian gentleman, with a disintegrated servant called Scarper who is the villain in this book. These two work very hard in trying to accomplish their master plan by memorizing the sewerage system and uses his knowledge to become the most mysterious burglar in Victorian London. But how long can Montmorency and Scarper keep their identity a secret. When Montmorency is close to his fate the surgeon Doctor Farcett is the man who reconstructs his body. Doctor Farcett shows off his work at Scientific Society meetings. This was a very difficult task for Dr. Farcett, ¿I¿ve had an idea about the scar on his back. The one where I cut through to get out the metal spike ---- you know, where the lung was pierced and I had that problem with the spleen.' London has been scarred by filth and inconvenience of road work and construction sites for almost 20 years, so Sir Joseph Bazalgette starts the new sewerage system for London. Many people have shoveled tons of earth and put millions of bricks to produce 83 million miles of underground tunnels which leads the smelly and dangerous waste of the city to the mouth of the Thames. This is where Scarper begins his journey in humiliating the police with many robberies and not giving away any clues about the suspect because one little mistake can reveal his secret and ruin both of his lives. Montmorency was a very enjoyable book for me. It was out of the ordinary. It is based in Victorian London where the creation of the characters is very skilful and you learn more about the hero as he adjust to dealing with both of his lives. He is like a hero because when you read it you feel more on his side even though you know all the bad things he is doing. It is a good skill to make readers like someone who is doing bad things, but this is what Updale does in her novels. This book turns the tables on you, making the villain the hero. Montmorency shows how people can change over time, and the ending surprised me. I thought this book was great! The chapters are short, but are full of different plots, twists and cliffhangers! It's interesting to know what goes on through his mind while he is Scarper and his gentleman side Montmorency. Montmorency is one mystery book you have to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book was simply wonderful. It is a historical mystery with a most intriguing main character. Montmorency, an idiosyncratic recently released criminal, in battle with himself, risks exposing his criminal side while climbing the social ladder of Victorian London. Later in the series, it is less about the battles of Montmorency, and more about him and his friends Lord George Foxx-Selywn, Doctor -ummm, I forget his name-, Tom, and Vi. I would definitely recommend this book to mystery, historical fiction, and fiction fans. Or, if you are a science fiction fan or fantasy fan wanting to venture into new territory, this would be a good start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    Thief, Liar, Gentleman

    Montmorency Thief, Liar, Gentleman is a story that takes place in the late 1800s in London England. It was written by Eleanor Updale. This book proves that things aren¿t always as they appear or seem to be. After a death defying fall while evading the cops, prisoner 493 is captured and sent to jail. There he becomes familiar with the doctor who is treating him and his colleagues as well. Prisoner 493 hears one specific colleague of the doctor talk about a new sewage system that is being built and devises a plan to put them in use. He decides to return to his life as a thief in order to become rich and a part of the upper class. Prisoner 493 proves the theme of things aren¿t always as they seem. He shows this through his split personalities. One is Scarper who does all the dirty work of stealing and rigid work. Scarper is a grimy, ugly man. The other is Montmorency who is a sophisticated man who enjoys the opera and fine clothes. What I liked about the book was that it was full of suspense. Throughout the whole novel you were on the edge of your seat not knowing what would happen next. One of my favorite parts was when Freakshow was sentenced to prison and Montmorency was in the courtroom and Freakshow turns and looks at him. Montmorency thinks to himself. ¿Had he recognized me? Does he know I¿m the reason why he is going to be hanged?¿'143'. This shows Montmorencys¿ character and his concern to his former friend. I liked this book a lot and was never bored reading it. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else. It is an easy read but very entertaining. If you are a fan of adventure then this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006

    Awesome

    Montmorency is a wonderful character looking for a new start and the sewwer systems is the way to go. I love how secretive Montmorenccy is in having an alter-ego. Scarper is a nice character at first but seems to be the bad guy of this story. I everyone who even looks at this book shouldn't turn away until you've read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    Montmorency book 1

    Here we meet the title character after having falling down a glass roof and being put back together by the Doctor called Pyke. Calling himself Montmorency, he creates an alter ego to hide his tracks from the authorities after fleeing from them before his accident. Whilst he comes up with a plan that goes through some unexpected turns and consquences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    okay

    i think that this book has the potential to be a great read. the story is good and i like montmorency and scarper, but it has it's flawes. one of these is that there is no action. another is there wasn't any characters besides monty and scarper. and the plotline wasn't very good. nevertheless i will still read the 2nd book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2006

    Monty flippin' rocks!

    This book is indeed for older people. For the younger ones will think it boring. But it is anything but. After a freak crash that left robber Montmorency a bloody mess, a Doctor takes pitty on him and will not let him die. Doctor Facett works day after day re-pairing Monty, and after that, Monty is sent to jail. But with all that time he plans his next TWO lives. One as Montmorency, one as the low-life Scaper. And the new sewers of London are great for getting away with it. This is one of the best books I have every read. Join cast Montmorency, Vi, Miss Evens, and Lord Fox-Selwyn on they're many tales! So far there are 3 books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2005

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!! It deserves 1,000,000,000 stars

    I really loved this book...I can't wait to get the second one...that one look really cool...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    WOW!

    This book was excellent, I loved how Montmorency was successfuly able to have two personalities/lifestyles at once! This is a great book for young adults, although it is strictly about adults!

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