Title: Mr. Timothy
Publisher: HarperCollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Fine/Fine unread copy protected by Archival Brodart Cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001031
Synopsis: 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.
?[A] dazzling blend of literary fiction and white-knuckle thriller.? (People (four-star review))
?Inventive and amusing.? (New York Times Book Review)
?This mix of thriller and literature is as rich as a Christmas cake...a spirited adventure. ? (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
?The voice and intelligence behind the book are a real marvel.? (Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and Four Spirits)
?...all of the moral passion of a Dickens novel but none of the quaint sentimentality.? (Gary Krist, bestelling author of Extravagance)
?Mr. Timothy is a spirited and absorbing thriller and Louis Bayard is a very talented writer.? (Kevin Baker, author of Paradise Alley)
?...a satisfying, gruesome thriller and a moving meditation on fathers, sons, and the making of a family.? (Sarah Smith, bestselling author of "The Vanished Child")
?There isn?t one throwaway sentence in this fabulous Victorian mystery ...a subtle character examination and a page-turning plot.? (Entertainment Weekly)
?Audacious...triumphant entertainment ...a page-turner of a thriller.? (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
?A first-rate entertainment.? (Booklist)
?A divinely crafted novel.? (Denver Post)
?Clever...sly...wonderful.? (Washington Post)
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