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  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective.
  • Imported from USA.

In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the
bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime
horrified all England and led to a national obsession with
detection, ironically destroying, in the process, the career of
perhaps the greatest detective in the land.At the time, the
detective was a relatively new invention; there were only eight
detectives in all of England and rarely were they called out of
London, but this crime was so shocking, as Kate Summerscale
relates in her scintillating new book, that Scotland Yard sent
its best man to investigate, Inspector Jonathan Whicher.Whicher
quickly believed the unbelievable-that someone within the family
was responsible for the murder of young Saville Kent. Without
sufficient evidence or a confession, though, his case was
circumstantial and he returned to London a broken man. Though he
would be vindicated five years later, the real legacy of Jonathan
Whicher lives on in fiction: the tough, quirky, knowing, and
all-seeing detective that we know and love today...from the
cryptic Sgt. Cuff in Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone to Dashiell
Hammett's Sam Spade.The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher is a
provocative work of nonfiction that reads like a Victorian
thriller, and in it kate Summerscale has fashioned a brilliant,
multilayered narrative that is as cleverly constructed as it is
beautifully written.

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