The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

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The Suspicions of Mr Whicher A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

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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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