The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-24
  • Publisher: Walker Books

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The national bestseller, now in paperback. In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection, ironically destroying, in the process, the career of perhaps the greatest detective in the land. Inspector Jonathan Whicher's real legacy, however, lives on in fiction: the tough, quirky, all-knowing and all-seeing detective that we know and love today, from the cryptic Sgt. Cuff in Wilkie Collins'sThe Moonstone to Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher reads like the best of Victorian thrillers, and has been nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize in London.

Author Biography

Kate Summerscale is the former literary editor for the Daily Telegraph and author of The Queen of Whale Cay, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread biography award. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Floorplan of Road Hill Housep. xiv
Family Treep. xvi
List of Charactersp. xvii
A Note on Moneyp. xx
Prologuep. xxi
The Death
To See What We Have Got to Seep. 3
The Horror and Amazementp. 17
Shall Not God Search This Out?p. 27
The Detective
A Man of Mysteryp. 43
Every Clue Seems Cut Offp. 59
Something in Her Dark Cheekp. 77
Shape-Shiftersp. 91
All Tight Shut Upp. 99
I Know Youp. 115
To Look at a Star by Glancesp. 133
What Games Goes Onp. 147
Detective-Feverp. 161
A General Putting of This and That Together by the Wrong Endp. 179
Women! Hold Your Tongues!p. 193
The Unravelling
Like a Cravep. 207
Better She Be Madp. 227
My Love Turnedp. 247
Surely Our Real Detective Livethp. 261
Fairy-Lands of Factp. 283
The Music of the Scythe on the Lawn Outsidep. 291
Afterwordp. 303
Postscriptp. 307
Notesp. 315
List of Illustrationsp. 353
Bibliographyp. 355
Acknowledgementsp. 361
Indexp. 363
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