The suspicions of Mr. Whicher : a shocking murder and the undoing of a great Victorian detective / Kate Summerscale.
1st U.S. ed.
New York : Walker & Co., 2008.
xxiii, 360 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Formatted Contents Note
To see what we have got to see The horror and amazement Shall not God find this out? A man of mystery Every clue seems cut off Something in her dark cheek Shape-shifters All tight shut up I know you To look at a star by glances What games goes on Detective-fever A general putting of this and that together by the wrong end Women! Hold your tongues! Like a crave Better she be mad My love turned Surely our real detective liveth Fairy-lands of fact The music of the scythe on the lawn outside.
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, Jonathan Whicher of Scotland Yard. 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.--From publisher description.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.