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The suspicions of Mr. Whicher : a shocking murder and the undoing of a great Victorian detective

Author: Kate Summerscale
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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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, Jonathan Whicher of Scotland Yard. Whicher quickly believed the unbelievable--that someone within the family was responsible for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Summerscale, Kate, 1965-
Suspicions of Mr. Whicher.
New York : Walker & Company, 2008
(OCoLC)608749401
Named Person: Jonathan Whicher; Jonathan Whicher; Jonathan Whicher; Jonathan Whicher
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Summerscale
ISBN: 9780802715357 0802715354 9781607512301 1607512300
OCLC Number: 191090228
Awards: Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, 2008.
Description: xxiii, 360 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Kate Summerscale.
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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, 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.

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by steve.ely (WorldCat user on 2008-08-20)

Reviewed in Grossman, Lev. "Murder Most Original." Time 171, no. 17 (April 28, 2008): 83-83. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed August 20, 2008).

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