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READ & DOWNLOAD È The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller John MacLachlan Gray ´ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD It’s 1852 and the ranks of the London poor have doubled In the swollen shadow of the great St Giles Rookery fallen women attract perfumed dandies of the West End in a vicious circle of venality vanity and viceEdmund Whitty correspondent for The Falcon the city’s second best sensational tabloid writes whatever will stimulate the reader delay his increasingly physical creditors and supply him with the alcohol and opiates reuired to see him through the day. Challenging At First But Funny Interesting And EnjoyableI enjoyed this novel very much though I can see why some readers would be put off by the writing While the writing in my opinion is very good it s not going to be to the taste of those who choose their fiction primarily from the best sellers lists Nothing against the best sellers list the books found there are best sellers after all I ve found books I ve enjoyed there myself But for the most part you can sit down with a best seller and get right into the story the writing doesn t tend challenge the reader it generally appeals to the masses and most people don t like to have to work too hard at what they read for pleasure I did find this book a challenge at first What kept me reading was the subtle and often not so subtle humor that had me laughing out loud multiple times during the first chapter Though other readers might not care for the intoxicated opium eating under achiever of a protagonist I thought Edmund Whitty was clever and charming The narration is in the present tense and while I know it s not Whitty telling the story I found myself attributing the amusing sense of humor the narrator has to the character of Edmund WhittyI liked that characters seemed to arrive in pairs homely introverted Walter Sewell and handsome extroverted Reginald Harewood both well to do gentlemen who were classmates of Whitty s at Oxford the prostitutes tall and experienced Flo short and naive Etta the shoplifters Dorcas wild and daring Phoebe controlled and discriminating Each seems to possess the opposite traits or experience of the other These characterizations illustrate the fact that you often see what you want to see the good or the bad in someone depending on what you are looking for and once you ve made certain observations assumptions about the rest of a person s character are further made This for Whitty turns out to be an important mistakeIt took some effort to settle into this book but I m happy I did I m still laughing at certain passages Here is one Nothing is incendiary to an ill advised unanticipated tryst than to be enclosed in a darkened plush upholstered moving chamber Privacy Intimacy Darkness Transience the Four Whorsemen of the ApocalypseI wouldn t recommend this novel for everyone however I would recommend it for fans of historical fiction who enjoy something challenging than what s typically found in the mainstream While part of the mystery wasn t very mysterious to readers who were paying attention the story itself was still very enjoyable

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READ & DOWNLOAD È The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller John MacLachlan Gray ´ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD His most recent triumph was to supply a name to the fiend in human form who has murdered God knows how many prostitutes with a white silk scarf Chokee Bill To the correspondent’s satisfaction Chokee Bill incited a garrotting panic that paralyzed the business of London until the arrest of one William Ryan Normality has returned The hangman Mr Calcraft as dusty and dreary as death itself awaitsBroke again and in search of crisp copy Whitty makes a shocking b. A gritty portrayal of a predator in the underbelly of Victorian LondonWith no small amount of national pride I m thrilled to report that mere superlatives somehow seem insufficient to convey Gray s debut success with The Fiend in HumanEdmund Whitty is a profligate dissolute freelance journalist who has succumbed to every known Victorian vice save womanizing snuff cigarettes gin opium laudanum and Acker s Chlorodine a potent mixture of opium marijuana and cocaine in alcohol Despite having achieved a measure of journalistic fame and public notoriety by assigning the moniker Chokee Bill to William Ryan currently awaiting execution for the strangulation and grisly mutilation of five ladies of uestionable virtue Whitty struggles with an ongoing desperate need to produce the income reuired to stave off gambling debtors who won t hesitate to use a physical beating to persuade payment In the course of searching out new crisp copy lurid sensational pieces he can submit to his tight fisted editor he meets the impoverished Henry Owler a patterer who wishes to render Ryan s last confession before his hanging into true crime verse But Ryan not unlike other convicted criminals of course protests he is innocent and circumstances begin to persuade Owler and Whitty that Ryan is indeed telling the truth The signature white scarf killings have continued swept under the carpet and hushed up by one and all the police the merchants the petty criminals and even the poverty stricken residents of the local neighbourhood Whitty in a desperate bid to achieve real fame in a fading limpid journalistic career and financial freedom from the debtors who are relentlessly hounding him decides to stake all on proving Ryan s innocenceGray has masterfully married the ascerbically witty comic and always flowery Dickensian dialogue with Anne Perry s superb elegant atmospheric descriptions of Victorian London life and then improved both by taking a step down into a much grittier earthier representation of real characters living real lives Two gentlemen Oxford swells pass wastrel days around gaming sex and booze The pain and wretched difficulties of daily life in a London slum are portrayed in exuisite graphic detail that might warrant a warning to sensitive viewers were the medium television instead of a novel Older female chaperones uaintly termed confidential friends are employed to protect the nominal virtue of young ladies of marriageable age The surviving local champion bare knuckles boxer is portrayed as a friendly publican uite capable of acting as his own bouncer Steet walkers and hookers are picked up by gentleman johns with a ritualized stylized dialogue and negotiation that by today s standards is absolutely hilariousYou ll be treated for example to Gray s wonderful Dickensian variation on a simple theme that you and I would have written as simply Beauty is in the eye of the beholder For in truth there exists no young female charwoman or countess schoolgirl or flower seller in London who does not exist in some male mind as a tantalizing fantasy in whose honour some schoolboy does not regularly engage in self abuse fantasy which when he becomes an old boy he will seek to make real Hence the relation between the brothel and the theatre success in both depends upon one s observation of the world of the human mind as well as one s own outward identity in the calligraphy of sexThe whodunit succeeds admirably with a couple of superb twists reserved until the final pages In fact the final twist a brilliant piece of mis direction by Gray is held in reserve until the very last paragraph On a somewhat deeper level Gray manages like Dickens to also make probing critical comment on a number of issues without disrupting the flow of the story in the slightest For example his criticism of the ethics of journalists and the vested interest they have in creating news where none necessarily exists is uite apparentWhat a find The Fiend in Human ualifies as perhaps the finest most enjoyable read I ve had the good luck to encounter over the last few yearsPaul Weiss Chancey of the Maury River knows how many prostitutes with a white silk scarf Chokee Bill To the correspondent’s satisfaction Chokee Bill incited a garrotting panic that paralyzed the business of London until the arrest of one William Ryan Normality has returned The hangman Mr Calcraft as dusty and dreary as death itself awaitsBroke again and in search of crisp copy Whitty makes a shocking b. A gritty portrayal of a predator in the underbelly of Victorian LondonWith no small amount of national pride I m thrilled to report that mere superlatives somehow seem insufficient to convey Gray s debut success with The Fiend in HumanEdmund Whitty is a profligate dissolute freelance journalist who has succumbed to every Flora of Maine A Manual for Identification of Native and Naturalized Plants of Maine Vascular known Victorian vice save womanizing snuff cigarettes gin opium laudanum and Acker s Chlorodine a potent mixture of opium marijuana and cocaine in alcohol Despite having achieved a measure of journalistic fame and public notoriety by assigning the moniker Chokee Bill to William Ryan currently awaiting execution for the strangulation and grisly mutilation of five ladies of uestionable virtue Whitty struggles with an ongoing desperate need to produce the income reuired to stave off gambling debtors who won t hesitate to use a physical beating to persuade payment In the course of searching out new crisp copy lurid sensational pieces he can submit to his tight fisted editor he meets the impoverished Henry Owler a patterer who wishes to render Ryan s last confession before his hanging into true crime verse But Ryan not unlike other convicted criminals of course protests he is innocent and circumstances begin to persuade Owler and Whitty that Ryan is indeed telling the truth The signature white scarf Resist Not Evil killings have continued swept under the carpet and hushed up by one and all the police the merchants the petty criminals and even the poverty stricken residents of the local neighbourhood Whitty in a desperate bid to achieve real fame in a fading limpid journalistic career and financial freedom from the debtors who are relentlessly hounding him decides to stake all on proving Ryan s innocenceGray has masterfully married the ascerbically witty comic and always flowery Dickensian dialogue with Anne Perry s superb elegant atmospheric descriptions of Victorian London life and then improved both by taking a step down into a much grittier earthier representation of real characters living real lives Two gentlemen Oxford swells pass wastrel days around gaming sex and booze The pain and wretched difficulties of daily life in a London slum are portrayed in exuisite graphic detail that might warrant a warning to sensitive viewers were the medium television instead of a novel Older female chaperones uaintly termed confidential friends are employed to protect the nominal virtue of young ladies of marriageable age The surviving local champion bare Non luogo a procedere knuckles boxer is portrayed as a friendly publican uite capable of acting as his own bouncer Steet walkers and hookers are picked up by gentleman johns with a ritualized stylized dialogue and negotiation that by today s standards is absolutely hilariousYou ll be treated for example to Gray s wonderful Dickensian variation on a simple theme that you and I would have written as simply Beauty is in the eye of the beholder For in truth there exists no young female charwoman or countess schoolgirl or flower seller in London who does not exist in some male mind as a tantalizing fantasy in whose honour some schoolboy does not regularly engage in self abuse fantasy which when he becomes an old boy he will seek to make real Hence the relation between the brothel and the theatre success in both depends upon one s observation of the world of the human mind as well as one s own outward identity in the calligraphy of sexThe whodunit succeeds admirably with a couple of superb twists reserved until the final pages In fact the final twist a brilliant piece of mis direction by Gray is held in reserve until the very last paragraph On a somewhat deeper level Gray manages like Dickens to also make probing critical comment on a number of issues without disrupting the flow of the story in the slightest For example his criticism of the ethics of journalists and the vested interest they have in creating news where none necessarily exists is uite apparentWhat a find The Fiend in Human ualifies as perhaps the finest most enjoyable read I ve had the good luck to encounter over the last few yearsPaul Weiss

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READ & DOWNLOAD È The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller John MacLachlan Gray ´ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD Ut not altogether surprising discovery the white scarf slayings have continued When he endeavours to find the real Chokee Bill he is greeted with emphatic hostility both offcial and unoffcialThis Dickensian tale offers galvanizing suspense and an evocative and witty vision of life in Victorian London in which the hallmark of a gentleman is perfection without putrefaction within and the hallmark of a lady is to have snared a gentleman From the Paperback editi. Definitely a good one Finely researched although sometimes I thought the author had made a list of all things in 19th century London that HAVE to appear and than almost copied them from some book on the topic and a good story with many twists and turns until the very end I loved it


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 496
  • The Fiend in Human A Victorian Thriller
  • John MacLachlan Gray
  • English
  • 09 June 2020
  • 9780770429386