ISBN 13: 9780060534219
Publication Date: 2003
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Welcome to the world of a grown-up Timothy Cratchit, as created by the astonishing imagination of author Louis Bayard.
Mr. Timothy Cratchit has just buried his father. He's also struggling to bury his past as a cripple and shed his financial ties to his benevolent "Uncle" Ebenezer by losing himself in the thick of London's underbelly. He boards at a brothel in exchange for teaching the mistress how to read and spends his nights dredging the Thames for dead bodies and the treasures in their pockets.
Timothy's life takes a sharp turn when he discovers the bodies of two dead girls, each seared with the same cruel brand on the upper arm. The sight of their horror-struck faces compels Timothy to become the protector of another young girl, the enigmatic Philomela. Spurred on by the unwavering enthusiasm of a street-smart, fast-talking homeless boy who calls himself Colin the Melodious, Timothy soon finds that he's on the trail of something far worse -- and far more dangerous -- than an ordinary killer.
This breathless flight through the teeming markets, shadowy passageways, and rolling brown fog of 1860s London is wrought with remarkable depth and intelligence, complete with surprising twists and extraordinary heart.
"Like Dickens, Bayard exposes the poverty and casual exploitation of children in that most self-serious of eras, and if he's a bit more explicit, well, this is the 21st century after all....[A] clever premise and smartly detailed prose...."
"Bayard is daring to elaborate on a work that has become deeply embedded in our culture. Far from being cowed, though, he is confident enough to turn this story on its head....Bayard obviously cherishes [an] affection for Dickens. And MR. TIMOTHY, while in no way approaching the greatness of its source, is nevertheless an inventive and amusing turn on it."
Julie Gray, New York Times Book Review, 11/30/2003
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Book Description: Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: Harpercollins, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 000-462: Deckle Edge Hardcover with Dustjacket. 384 pages. No Defects. A New, Unread Book. A beautiful, square, tight copy with clean, unmarked, acid-free pages. May have a few tiny surface blemishes from store shelf. Outstanding Gift Quality. Mr. Timothy continues the story of Tiny Tim from Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Now a twenty-three-year-old adult with a only a limp, he lives in a bordello where he earns his money teaching the madam to read in addition to a small stipend he receives from Ebenezer Scrooge. His life, however, seems empty and pointless. He discovers the bodies of two young girls, dead with the hands frozen like talons and with the same tattoo, and then spots a young girl with an identical tattoo. With the aid of a street kid called Colin the Melodious, Timothy sets out to find the young girl to stop her from becoming the next victim, but is soon involved in intrigues that turn against him. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Stated First Edition, First Printing 2003. Published by Harper Collins. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-8160086001
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Book Description: Harper Collins, New York, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First edition first printing of this author's first mystery novel. SIGNED by the author on the title page at the 2008 Bouchercon Festival in Baltimore. In fine / fine unread condition. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 6031
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