A Novel of Murder

Book - 2006
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July 1910: A gruesome discovery has been made at 39 Hilldrop Crescent, Camden.
Chief Inspector Walter Dew of Scotland Yard did not expect the house to be empty. Nor did he expect to find a body in the cellar. Buried under the flagstones are the remains of Cora Crippen, former music-hall singer and wife of Dr. Hawley Crippen. No one would have thought the quiet, unassuming Dr. Crippen capable of murder, yet the doctor and his mistress have disappeared from London, and now a full-scale hunt for them has begun.
Across the Channel in Antwerp, the S.S. "Montrose "has just set off on its two-week voyage to North America. Slipping in among the first-class passengers is a Mr. John Robinson, accompanied by his teenage son, Edmund. The pair may be hoping for a quiet, private voyage, but in the close confines of a luxury ocean liner, anonymity is rare. And with others aboard looking for romance, or violence, or escape from their past in Europe, it will take more than just luck for the Robinsons to survive the voyage unnoticed.
An accomplished, intricately plotted novel, "Crippen "brilliantly reimagines the amazing escape attempt of one of history's most notorious killers and marks the outstanding American debut of one of Ireland's best young novelists.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780312343583
Characteristics: 337 p. ;,24 cm.


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Dec 16, 2018

A truly gruesome tale, but so well written and with such engaging characters, that I had trouble putting it down. A very good read.

Nov 09, 2015

Wonderful prose recreates a brutal true life murder from 1910. The chase takes the inspector across the ocean in order to confront the monster that killed and buried his wife in a cellar. Kept me turning the pages while fascinated with the historical detail.

Dec 09, 2013

An interesting novel which flips from the present to the past while the detective follows "Crippen" from England to America to arrest him for murdering his wife. Interesting twists and turns. This man wrote "the Boy in Striped Pajamas"

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