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The Darwin affair / Tim Mason.

Mason, Timothy, 1950- author. (Author).
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library MAS (Text) 33500013073333 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library MAS (Text) 33500013073341 New Checked out 09/10/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781616206345
  • ISBN: 1616206349
  • Physical Description: 373 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: An ingenious mystery/thriller set in the mid-1800s in London, blending fictional characters and events with real characters, and featuring a detective intent on stopping a ruthless killer who has threatened the life of Queen Victoria.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #2
    *Starred Review* Detective Inspector Charles Field (widely believed by fellow Londoners to be the inspiration for Charles Dickens' popular Inspector Bucket) hunts the Chorister, a Faginesque killer determined to prevent Charles Darwin's controversial theory from destroying Britain's social order. While coordinating security for Victoria and Albert's latest public appearance, Field intercepts an assassination attempt stinking of conspiracy. His suspicions are confirmed when the would-be assassin and the pickpocket he hired to distract police are both found with their throats slashed and a single ear removed. Their killer's trademark mutilation leads Field and his partner to the murder of a student who claimed to overhear his Oxford dons plotting against Darwin, and, when they track the Chorister to a scholarly debate on evolution, Field's partner is killed. As the vengeful, determined Field closes in, the conspirators attempt to change their plans. But the Chorister refuses to be called off, launching an ambitious plot against the royal couple that hinges on his ragtag gang of terror-motivated criminals and on Tom Ginty, a young butcher's apprentice whom the Chorister has molded into a deadly disciple. Mason's Dickensian London, layered with gritty, horror-tinged period details and the imaginative interweaving of Typhoid Mary and the underworld's grave-robbing industry, provides a rare time-traveling experience for historical-mystery readers. The novel shares the edgy appeal of Caleb Carr's The Alienist (1994) and Louis Bayard's Mr. Timothy (2003). Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Tim Mason is a playwright whose work has enjoyed numerous productions in New York City and throughout the world for decades. Among the awards he has received are a Kennedy Center Award, the Hollywood Drama-Logue Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Rockefeller Foundation grant. In addition to his dramatic plays, he wrote the book for Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, which had two seasons on Broadway and tours nationally every year. He is the author of one young adult novel, The Last Synapsid, published in 2009. The Darwin Affair is his first adult novel.

Subject: Conspiracy theories > Fiction.
London (England) > History > 1800-1950 > Fiction.
England > London.
Genre: Detective and mystery stories.
Mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.
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