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something challenging than what s typically found in the mainstream While part challenging than what s typically found the mainstream While part the mystery wasn t very mysterious to readers who were paying attention the story itself was still very Aviation Logistics: The Dynamic Partnership of Air Freight and Supply Chain enjoyable I had a very slow start with The Fiend In Human by John MacLachlan Gray and for a time I started to wonder if I would actually finish it I m notven sure why because it s rather brilliant but it had a long build up stablishing the settings the foggy streets of London anno 1852 a serial killer The Fiend In Human who strangles prostitutes with white scarves and disfigures their faces and Edmund Whitty journalist at the Falcon in debth over his head to ratters and addicted to almost anything that can be smoked drank or partaken as a medical London is in a uproar over the unsettling murders on prostitutes but a man called William Ryan has been locked up and believed to "be The Fiend In Human and while the police seems convinced " The Fiend In Human and while the police seems convinced is the murderer others are not so convinced ven so when the murders continue while the suspect is under lock Whitty has written about the case arlier and given the murderer yet another nickname Chokee Bill and is approached from different sides for different reasons about his involvement in the case Driven mostly by the desire to arn money to Scala for Java Developers escape his debtors and their threats Edmund Whitty finds himself ingolfed in figuring out the truth and setting an innocent man free He gets help from the people who know what s going on in the streets of London such as wellinformedditors balladeers thieves prostitutes and bar owners He also gets into a lot of trouble and a little bit of amourous complications as well which hints he might not be that hopeless a loser as we are presented to believe at the beginning of the book Despite a slow start I hung on and was rewarded as I halfway through the book suddenly couldn t stop reading Not so much because of the murder mystery because it s not that complicated to guess although it had a nice little plot twist toward the The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur end that I hadn t seen coming but because of the character Whitty who gets unfolded as the story processes and the vivid description of Victorian LondonThe book has a lot of atmosphere created not only by the description and plot but by the very style its written in very true to the time period and setting The writing isxcellent and at times Vermeer to Eternity elaborate but always spot on with anye for detail and dry witted humour It s actually very funny at times to the point where you have to laugh out loud So if you like me have a slow start with this book and need a little time to get into it hang on It might grow on you and before you know it you have ordered the next Edmund Whitty book Stone White Day and are Heaven to Betsy eager to meet that opiumating journalist once I registered a book at BookCrossingcom This is a delicious journey through fog shrouded Victorian London from the idle wealthy to the down and outs Edmund Whitty is a journalist but he is also a down and out His work days are occupied with covering less than plum assignments and his days and nights filled with substance abuse Ironically and So B. It eventually his circumstances change slightly for the better by his association with the underside of London and finally a purpose While reading The Fiend in Human I keptxpecting Jack the Ripper to show and he does in a way The book is Cabaret extremely well written and plotted and holds reader interest to annd with a twist uotes Mr Darwinis only half correct when he postulates the necessary volution of the species It is possible to devolve as well as to volve On Marriage You re leaving out of account the thrill of the chase What would become of fox hunting if it were always the same fox On the demise of newspapers When there is an lectric telegraph situated in very home receiving instant news by the hour I ask You who will need newspapers then This is the kind of writing that makes Fiend so deliciousBy half past four the London afternoon is transformed utterly by fog an almost daily occurrence in which a thick sooty curtain drops between Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice everyone andverything noon becomes night and the city assumes the cloistered gravity of a confession booth in which nobody sees anyone En plein coeur else but as a shadow in the mist when the immanent roar of machines and men is silenced leaving only the muffled clatter of nearby horseshoes on stone and the occasional disembodied voice whose speaker remains anonymous and untouchable When it is the yellow fog people and objects may be discerned and recognized albeit with difficulty but once the grey sets in the city becomes a well kept secretven from itself Fact red velvet being at one time restricted to the gentry by law Surely there is nothing hilarious to God than a praying agnostic About Whitty Hit your head you did in the fall from the carriage Might do you good a few less brains think of it as a form of pruning. Ut not altogether surprising discovery the white scarf slayings have continued When he The Bookshop on the Shore endeavours to find the real Chokee Bill he is greeted withmphatic hostility both offcial and unoffcialThis Dickensian tale offers galvanizing suspense and an Dance Real Slow evocative and witty vision of life in Victorian London in which the hallmark of a gentleman is perfection without putrefaction within and the hallmark of a lady is to have snared a gentleman From the Paperbackditi. ,
Edmund Whitty is a journalist in Victorian London Not
just any journalist however for among his colleagues with the possible xception of Mr Hicks the contrarian who itany journalist however for among his colleagues with the possible xception of Mr Hicks the contrarian who it said keeps beetles in his pockets Whitty is the most despised correspondent in London In addition to covering public hangings sex scandals in girl s schools and other newsworthy items Whitty recently created a sensation by dubbing London s latest killer of prostitutes Chokee Bill Since that moment of glory however Whitty has been floundering in a sea of gin opium wine and any other substance he can get
hands on He is also debt to the owner of a local rat fighting pitHIS HANDS ON HE IS ALSO
*And It Has Reached The Point Where *it has reached the point where may be broken if he can t begin making payments soon Ostensibly The Fiend in Human is the story of Whitty s unraveling of the truth about Chokee Bill with interesting interplay between the forces of journalism public opinion and London s Metropolitan Police force in the person of one Inspector Salmon I say ostensibly because it is really a story of Victorian London and in my opinion the mystery plot takes second place to the city and its inhabitants which Mr Gray renders almost tangible in his descriptionsAs just a uick The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life example Mr Gray writesxcellent character sketches and Inspector Salmon is described as tall and thin like a whipping post in chin whiskers and top hat while Mr Whitty s disapproving landlady ntirely fills the ntry as she glares at him wearing an xpression calculated beforehand to inspire miscellaneous guilt I would compare The Fiend in Human to Charles Palliser s The uincunx in terms of writing style Palliser s book has a intricate plot but then The uincunx is 800 pages long compared to The Fiend s 352 pages In my opinion the joy of reading ither book is in the writing itself and the plot takes a backseat to the wonderful things that the author can do with words Yes there are a few small plot holes in The Fiend but I was having so much fun reading it that I really didn t care A gritty portrayal of a predator in the underbelly of Victorian LondonWith no small amount of national pride I m thrilled to report that mere superlatives somehow seem insufficient to convey Gray s debut success with The Fiend in HumanEdmund Whitty is a profligate dissolute freelance journalist who has succumbed to PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition every known Victorian vice save womanizing snuff cigarettes gin opium laudanum and Acker s Chlorodine a potent mixture of opium marijuana and cocaine in alcohol Despite having achieved a measure of journalistic fame and public notoriety by assigning the moniker Chokee Bill to William Ryan currently awaitingxecution for the strangulation and grisly mutilation of five ladies of uestionable virtue Whitty struggles with an ongoing desperate need to produce the income reuired to stave off gambling debtors who won t hesitate to use a physical beating to persuade payment In the course of searching out new crisp copy lurid sensational pieces he can submit to his tight fisted Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography editor he meets the impoverished Henry Owler a patterer who wishes to render Ryan s last confession before his hanging into true crime verse But Ryan not unlike other convicted criminals of course protests he is innocent and circumstances begin to persuade Owler and Whitty that Ryan is indeed telling the truth The signature white scarf killings have continued swept under the carpet and hushed up by one and all the police the merchants the petty criminals andven the poverty stricken residents of the local neighbourhood Whitty in a This is one of those books where the whole thing doesn t make sense until you ve finished it Written in a definitely Victorian mode it is both a tour of Victorian London and a mystery If you re not used to writing done in this style it can be a bit off putting to say the leastThe characters are well drawn and the story is a good one The main character is a Mr Edmund Whitty a reporter for The Falcon a newspaper that has no ualms with sensationalizing to try to outdo the rival papers Sadly Mr Whitty is most times down on his luck and in debt to some creepy character known as The Ratter who has a very bizarre way of getting back at those who don t pay up That scene made me cringe just thinking about it Whitty also puts away a little too much alcohol The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, enjoys being a part time opiumater and is just an inventive ploy away from being tossed out of his rented room In this story the buzz on the streets is that a serial killer is roaming the streets of London strangling his victims with a white gentleman s scarf While the infamous Chokee Bill is put away in prison however the crimes continue and Whitty along with a very strange patterer named Mr Owler are trying to see that justice is done Their uest to get the wrong guy out of prison and put the right one in I won t say uite well done but it does have a tendency here and there to drag so that I found myself skimming a little to move thing. It’s 1852 and the ranks of the London poor have doubled In the swollen shadow of the great St Giles Rookery fallen women attract perfumed dandies of the West End in a vicious circle of venality vanity and viceEdmund Whitty correspondent for The Falcon the city’s second best sensational tabloid writes whatever will stimulate the reader delay his increasingly physical creditors and supply him with the alcohol and opiates reuired to see him through the day. S along Overall a pretty first in I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO I would recommend it to who njoy a good novel set Victorian London people who pick this up xpecting a cozy or asy read might be disappointedread 12032006 I absolutely head over heels loved this book so this is not going to be a very objective reviewSo I will just list the reasons I loved itPeriod detail and level of research I learned so much about the Victorian ra particularly the less salubrious aspects and aspects peculiar to the The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl erag Ackers ChloridineMr Whitty himself He is a total reprobate in many ways and yet at heart a decent Exile and Pilgrim enough man and likeable despiteverythingThe
Mystery Itself And Everything Relateditself and verything related the Chokee Bill matter That a balladeer who is as much into sensationalising and fictionalising Bill s murders as Whitty himself should strive to find the truth with the help of Whitty is fascinating just as a concept How Owen chooses to go about this adds to the wholeThe nding and how it rounds off Hannah Montana: The Movie everything that came beforeThis is a story that is fascinating as it unfoldsndlessly interesting in the details that occur along the way and concluded in the most satisfactory of ways if not the one xpected I loved it and I am thoroughly annoyed that Mr Gray s seuel is not available on Kindle Or his other novels for that matter I am not sure how much longer I can wait before coughing up at least 25 for a paperback copy Definitely a good one Finely researched although sometimes I thought the author had made a list of all things in 19th century London that HAVE to appear and than almost copied them from some book on the topic and a good story with many twists and turns until the very nd I loved it This novel is ssentially a Victorian murder mystery who is really Chokee Bill the murderer of prostitutes in London Is it the man jailed for it or is it some other individual on the looseThe heavily flawed protagonist in this novel is the journalist Edmund Whitty A womanizer drunk drug user debtor tc there really is not much to like about his character Given all these flaws his motivation for making sure an innocent man does not hang for the Chokee Bill murders seems inconsistent MachLachlan in my opinion despite an award winning playwright needs the heavy hand of an ditor The novel is fattened with xcess description and while written in the third person the interjections of an omniscient narrator are annoying Further I could not figure out if the book was a pastichehomage to the Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories andor Dickens s novels or something Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts else The varying tone is also annoying at times satirical at times serious and at other times moralistic Challenging At First But Funny Interesting And EnjoyableInjoyed this novel very much though I can see why some readers would be put off by the writing While the writing in my opinion is very good it s not going to be to the taste of those who choose their fiction primarily from the best sellers lists Nothing against the best sellers list the books found there are best sellers after all I ve found books I ve njoyed there myself But for the most part you can sit down with a best seller and get right into the story the writing doesn t tend challenge the reader it generally appeals to the masses and most people don t like to have to work too hard at what they read for pleasure I did find this book a challenge at first What kept me reading was the subtle and often not so subtle humor that had me laughing out loud multiple times during the first chapter Though other readers might not care for the intoxicated opium ating under achiever of a protagonist I thought Edmund Whitty was clever and charming The narration is in the present tense and while I know it s not Whitty telling the story I found myself attributing the amusing sense of humor the narrator has to the character of Edmund WhittyI liked that characters seemed to arrive in pairs homely introverted Walter Sewell and handsome xtroverted Reginald Harewood both well to do gentlemen who were classmates of Whitty s at Oxford the prostitutes tall and xperienced Flo short and naive Etta the shoplifters Dorcas wild and daring Phoebe controlled and discriminating Each seems to possess the opposite traits or The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) experience of the other These characterizations illustrate the fact that you often see what you want to see the good or the bad in someone depending on what you are looking for and once you ve made certain observations assumptions about the rest of a person s character are further made This for Whitty turns out to be an important mistakeIt took someffort to settle into this book but I m happy I did I m still laughing at certain passages Here is one Nothing is incendiary to an ill advised unanticipated tryst than to be nclosed in a darkened plush upholstered moving chamber Privacy Intimacy Darkness Transience the Four Whorsemen of the ApocalypseI wouldn t recommend this novel for veryone howe. His most recent triumph was to supply a name to the fiend in human form who has murdered God knows how many prostitutes with a white silk scarf Chokee Bill To the correspondent’s satisfaction Chokee Bill incited a garrotting panic that paralyzed the business of London until the arrest of one William Ryan Normality has returned The hangman Mr Calcraft as dusty and dreary as death itself awaitsBroke again and in search of crisp copy Whitty makes a shocking .