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Pentecost Alley (1996)
by Anne Perry
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449225666, Mass Market Paperback)"DIFFICULT TO PUT DOWN . . . Descriptive, evocative, and always precise . . . The mystery plot is tricky and beautifully paced."
The ritual murder of a prostitute named Ada McKinley in a bedroom on decrepit Pentecost Alley would ordinarily occasion no stir in Victoria's great metropolis. But, under the victim's body, the police find a Hellfire Club badge inscribed with the name Finlay Fitzjames--a name that instantly draws Superintendent Thomas Pitt into the case.
Finlay's father *immensely wealthy, powerful, and dangerous *refuses to consider the possibility that his son has been in Ada McKinley's bed. The implication is clear: Pitt is to arrest someone other than Finlay Fitzjames for Ada's demise. But Thomas Pitt is not a man to be intimidated, and with the help of his quick-witted wife, Charlotte, he stubbornly pursues his investigation *one that twists and turns like London's own ancient streets. . . .
"Stands as one of her most intricately constructed plots . . . Perry packs a triple wallop into the final pages, one climax following another."
"Vibrant . . . Alluring."
*The New York Times Book Review
A MAIN SELECTION OF THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:02:33 -0400)
After sending a man to the gallows for the murder of a Whitechapel prostitute two years after the ghastly crimes of Jack the Ripper, Superintendent Thomas Pitt is suddenly confronted with another chillingly similar killing that raises speculation that the wrong man had been convicted--or that the Ripper has returned.
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