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THE WOMEN OF NELL GWYNNE'S

Baker, Kage.

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ISBN 10: 1596062509 / ISBN 13: 9781596062504
Published by Subterranean Press., Burton, MI:, 2009
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. One of 1500 (unnumbered) copies signed by Baker. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 24432

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Title: THE WOMEN OF NELL GWYNNE'S

Publisher: Subterranean Press., Burton, MI:

Publication Date: 2009

Edition: 1st edition

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Lady Beatrice was the proper British daughter of a proper British soldier, until tragedy struck and sent her home to walk the streets of early-Victorian London. But Lady Beatrice is no ordinary whore, and is soon recruited to join an underground establishment known as Nell Gwynne's. Nell Gwynne's is far more than simply the finest and most exclusive brothel in Whitehall; it is in fact the sister organization to the Gentlemen's Speculative Society, that 19th-century predecessor to a certain Company... and when a member of the Society goes missing on a peculiar assignment, it's up to Lady Beatrice and her sister harlots to investigate.

From Publishers Weekly:

This steampunk novella, set in 1844 London, follows the exploits of the harlots of the exclusive establishment known as Nell Gwynne's, where they gather intelligence for the shadowy Gentlemen's Speculative Society, a predecessor to the Company featured in several of Baker's novels (most recently 2006's The Machine's Child). Lord Basmond hires the ostensibly blind madam, Mrs. Corvey, and some of her girls to entertain his wealthy foreign guests at an odd party, where it quickly becomes clear that Basmond is selling a mysterious item to the highest bidder. Things heat up when someone goes missing and two people end up dead. The beautifully drawn Victorian era is neatly spiced up with futuristic technology such as mechanical eye implants. Baker's fans will delight in this slight, bawdy and funny confection. Illus. by J.K. Potter not seen by PW. (July)
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