John M. Gray: White Stone Day

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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 pieces he can submit to his tight fisted editor he is assigned to attempt an undercover expos of a phony psychic What he discovers instead a shocking intimate and entirely compromising photograph of his brother David a successful Oxford scholar a brilliant photographer and an accomplished rowing athlete who drowned during a race several years earlier puts him onto the trail of a human trafficking ring and the purveyors of that most despicable of human perversions child pornographyGray s continued mastery of atmospheric scene building matches Anne Perry s superb elegant atmospheric descriptions of Victorian London life and then improves on it by taking a step down into a much grittier earthier representation of real characters living real lives Take for example this single brief description of dusk in Whitechapel In the shadow of London Hospita. Al involving Whitty’s late brother Whitty’s search for the truth takes him back to Oxford where a brilliant and eccentric cleric who delights in playing crouet telling children’s stories and taking little girls’ pictures may or may not be involved with a murderous ring of.

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Intriguing haunting suspenseful and beautifully written This writing style will not be for everyone it does take some getting used to then you either love or not The darker side of London and it s players are put on display photographed in full light so to speak Shows the innocence of children the arrogance of adults and the need for power money and indulgence The young girls challenge was to re arrange the words NOR DO WE into one word With no small amount of national pride I m thrilled to report that the success that Gray achieved with his debut novel The Fiend in Human continues in his second effort White Stone DayEdmund Whitty is a profligate dissolute freelance journalist who has succumbed to every nown 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 sensational journalistic fame and public notoriety with his coverage of Chokee Bill s strangulation and grisly mutilation of five ladies of uestionable virtue Whitty. From award winning author John MacLachlan Gray comes a mesmerizing novel of corruption and murder through the looking glass of Victorian LondonEdmund Whitty writes lurid articles for the London press He’s investigating a uack psychic who has been murdered after revealing a scand.

L a solitary pedestrian slouches along raven row wearing corduroy breeches and a muffin hat It is early evening the temporary silence before the lamplighter arrives that in between hour when the day creatures have gone to ground and the night creatures have yet to emerge in their tattered finery Buildings of stone and brick loom like the blackened hulks of abandoned ships as he turns up Sneer Lane looking neither to right nor left In East London the unguarded pedestrian does his best to remain invisible His characters drawn from every walk in life nobility and gentry middle class common working folk military clergy young old and of course a generous helping of criminal types are brought to life with descriptions and unforced dialogue that places them in their place on Victorian society s ladder with unerring pinpoint accuracyIf you re a lover of historical fiction and if you enjoy in particular Charles Dickens Wilkie Collins or the modern efforts of authors such as Anne Perry and Charles Palliser you ll enjoy White Stone Day Definitely recommendedPaul Weiss. Child pornographers Gray who evoked “the mean streets and byways of 1852 London with a skill worthy of Dickens” Publishers Weekly in The Fiend in Human spins an even irresistible tale of the dark secrets behind the facades of Victorian respectability From the Hardcover edition.