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The Fiend in Human: A Victorian Thriller

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A book by John MacLachlan Gray

Journalist Edmund Whitty, the dissolute protagonist in John MacLachlan Gray's gloomily atmospheric mystery,The Fiend in Human, knows how to feed the public's appetite for lurid sensationalism. His latest success is Chokee Bill, "The Fiend in Human Form," … see full wiki

Author: John MacLachlan Gray
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
2 reviews about The Fiend in Human: A Victorian Thriller
review by . January 26, 2011
With 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 Human.     Edmund 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 …
Quick Tip by . January 26, 2011
A mystery/thriller that is a masterful marriage of ascerbically witty, comic and always flowery Dickensian dialogue with Anne Perry's superb, elegant atmospheric descriptions of Victorian London life. Author Gray then improved both by taking a step down into a much grittier, earthier representation of real characters living real lives.
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