A NoveleBook - 2014
An astonishing debut, a novel of epic scope and suspense that conjures up all the magic and menace of Victorian London London, 1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society, and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Unnerved, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine city that greets her, she uncovers a secret world at the margins populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling "Doctor Knife." But the answer to her brother's disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of one of the country's preeminent and mysterious institutions: The aegolius Club, whose members include the most ambitious, and most dangerous, men in England. In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created a fantastical world that is both beguiling and terrifying. The Quick will establish her as one of fiction's most dazzling talents. Advance praise for The Quick "A suspenseful, gloriously atmospheric first novel, and a feast of gothic storytelling that is impossible to resist."'Kate Atkinson, bestselling author of Life After Life and Case Histories "A sly and glittering addition to the literature of the macabre . . . As soon as you have breathed with relief, much worse horrors begin. It's a skilled, assured performance, and it's hard to believe it is a first novel."'Hilary Mantel, bestselling author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies "Ambitious, elegant, atmospheric, and often deeply poignant, The Quick is a seamless blend of Victorian London and rich imagination. This is a book to savor."'Tana French, bestselling author of In the Woods and Broken Harbor From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2014
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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