Returning from his failed mission to find the source of the Nile, Sir Richard Francis Burton finds himself sucked into the perilous depths of Albertian Britain when the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, employs him as 'King's Spy'. His first mission is to investigate a serious of sexual assaults committed by a strange apparition.
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Mark Hodder is a full-time novelist who lives in Spain. He has worked as an illustrator, a radio scriptwriter, a BBC web producer and journalist and a few other things before finally deciding to be a novelist.Review:
"This is an exhilarating romp through a witty combination of 19th century English fact and fiction. Mark Hodder definitely knows his stuff and has given us steam opera at its finest. In this first novel he shows himself to be as clever and inventive a writer as those who enliven his pages. We follow English explorer and eroticist (and King's agent) Sir Richard Francis Burton, poet and Sadean Algernon Charles Swinburne and a cast including Florence Nightingale, Charles Darwin, Francis Galton and Isambard Kingdom Brunel (rather different to those known to our Victorian ancestors) as well as the mysterious albino Laurence Oliphant in an adventure involving the very nature of Time itself in a London filled with steam-horses and velopicides where were-wolves prowl the streets and 'Spring-Heeled Jack', star of the Penny Dreadfuls, might provide the key to an ever-deepening mystery. A great, increasingly complex, plot, fine characters and invention that never flags! It gets better and better, offering clues to some of Victorian London's strangest mysteries. This is the best debut novel I have read in ages." -- Michael Moorcock
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Buchbeschreibung Snowbooks Apr 2010, 2010. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - It's 1861, and Britain is grappling between technology and eugenics. Sir Richard Francis Burton is assigned to investigate why chimney-sweeps are being kidnapped by half-man, half-dog creatures, and discover the whereabouts of his former friend. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781906727208