The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale audiobook

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

By Kate Summerscale
Read by Simon Vance

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665165853

  • ISBN: 9781665165839

  • ISBN: 9781665165846

Runtime: 9.68 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the 2008 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction

A 2009 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Nonfiction/Critical Work

A 2009 Anthony Award Finalist for the Best Critical Nonfiction Work

A 2008 Agatha Award Finalist for Best Nonfiction

A 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Fact Crime

A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

An Indie Next Notable Title, September 2008

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 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 Sergeant 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 author Kate Summerscale has fashioned a brilliant, multilayered narrative that is as cleverly constructed as it is beautifully written.

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Author Bio: Kate Summerscale

Author Bio: Kate Summerscale

Kate Summerscale is the former literary editor for the Daily Telegraph and author of The Queen of Whale Cay, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread biography award. She lives in London.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 9.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English