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Quincunx (original 1989; edition 1990)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345371135, Paperback)An extraordinary modern novel in the Victorian tradition, Charles Palliser has created something extraordinary--a plot within a plot within a plot of family secrets, mysterious clues, low-born birth, high-reaching immorality, and, always, always the fog-enshrouded, enigmatic character of 19th century -- London itself.
"You read the first page and down you wonderfully fall, into a long, large, wide world of fiction."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 09 Sep 2010 18:18:19 -0400)
A young man searching for his origins is drawn from the Northern England countryside into the violent and corrupt London underworld of the late Regency.
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