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THE TRIAL OF ELIZABETH CREE. A NOVEL OF THE LIMEHOUSE MURDERS.

Ackroyd, Peter.

ISBN 10: 0385477074 / ISBN 13: 9780385477079
Published by DOUBLEDAY., NY, 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED by Peter Ackroyd on the title page. Close to fine in a fine dj. (Light trace of foxing at top edge). Bookseller Inventory # 310886

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Title: THE TRIAL OF ELIZABETH CREE. A NOVEL OF THE ...

Publisher: DOUBLEDAY., NY

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A literary star returns with an addictive tale of  murder in Victorian London. Peter Ackroyd is  "our most exciting and original writer... one of  the few English writers of his generation who will  be read in a hundred years' time." --  The Sunday Times (London) The  Trial Of Elizabeth Cree is without a  doubt Peter Ackroyd's breakout book. It has all the  erudition and literary brilliance we expect of  Ackroyd, yet it is as vivid, scary, and spellbinding  as the best of Edgar Allan Poe. The year is 1880,  the setting London's poor and dangerous Limehouse  district, home to immigrants and criminals. A  series of brutal murders has occurred, and, as Ackroyd  leads us down London's dark streets, the sense of  time and place becomes overwhelmingly immediate  and real. We experience the sights and sounds of the  English music halls, smell the smells of London  slums, hear the hooves of horses on the cobblestone  streets, and attend the trial of Elizabeth Cree, a  woman accused of poisoning her husband but who may  be the one person who knows the truth about the  murders. The wonderfully rhythmic shifting of focus  from trial to back alleys, where we come upon  George Gissing, author of New Grub  Street, and even Karl Marx, gives the story a  tremendous depth and resonance beyond its page-turning  thriller plot. In The Trial Of Elizabeth  Cree, Peter Ackroyd has once again  confirmed his place as one of the great writers of our  time.

About the Author:

Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning historian, biographer, novelist, poet and broadcaster. He is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography, Thames: Sacred River and London Under; biographies of figures including Charles Dickens, William Blake, Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock; and a multi-volume history of England. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.

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