The Trial of Elizabeth Cree: A Novel of the Limehouse Murders

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In the autumn of 1880, a series of brutal murders shakes the impoverished London neighborhood of Limehouse. As the merchants, immigrants, and prostitutes of Limehouse panic, the murders attract the attention of three remarkable men of the times: Karl Marx, in his twilight, always under suspicion for being a foreigner, a Jew, and a radical; George Gissing, the struggling author who would go on to write that great indictment of London's pinchpenny publishing world, New Grub Street; and Dan Leno, the legendary star ...
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Overview

In the autumn of 1880, a series of brutal murders shakes the impoverished London neighborhood of Limehouse. As the merchants, immigrants, and prostitutes of Limehouse panic, the murders attract the attention of three remarkable men of the times: Karl Marx, in his twilight, always under suspicion for being a foreigner, a Jew, and a radical; George Gissing, the struggling author who would go on to write that great indictment of London's pinchpenny publishing world, New Grub Street; and Dan Leno, the legendary star of the music hall and the precursor of Charlie Chaplin. As the police investigate, the popular press claims the killings are the work of a 'golem' -- a savage creature of Jewish folklore.
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Michael Anderson
A decade before Jack the Ripper terrorized the citizens of London, a serial slasher with the . . . name of 'the Limehouse Golem' murdered his way through the theater district, and this novel . . . relates the killer's spree.
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Sunday Times (London)
Peter Ackroyd is 'our most exciting and original writer... one of the few English writers of his generation who will be read in a hundred years' time.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest from Ackroyd (English Music) is a deft, if somewhat cerebral and cold-blooded, exercise in historical crime fiction set in a late-Victorian London teeming with intellectual activity, extreme poverty and all manner of sensational public spectacles. A blend of trial transcripts, first-person accounts and microscopic biographical studies of illustrious 19th-century lives, the story is an impressive feat of historical fidelity and fictional artistry. In a marvelous coda, Ackroyd even unites his protagonists in the audience of a theater, to watch a play based on the gruesome events of the novel. Ackroyd reminds us at every turn that his fictional whodunit enfolds a larger, unsolvable mystery, a mystery of London itself, and of the solace that its populace finds in popular spectacles of sensational crime and violence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765468765
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995

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