The Pleasures of Men (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Pleasures of Men In this darkly atmospheric and gripping novel, a young woman's obsession with a series of murders in Victorian London pulls her into the city's underworld as she unknowingly draws the killer closer to her.
- Published: 07 August 2012
- Format: Paperback 366 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781401324230 ISBN 10: 1401324231
- Sales rank: 225,954
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"An intense, intelligent and hugely entertaining read" --"The Guardian"July 1840: The young Queen Victoria has just entered her third year on the throne when a major recession brings London's desperate and destitute into its sweltering streets. While the city crackles with tension, orphaned Catherine Sorgeiul stays locked away in her uncle's home, a peculiar place where death masks adorn the walls and certain rooms are strictly forbidden. Nineteen years old and haunted by a dark past, Catherine becomes obsessed with a series of terrible murders of young girls sweeping the city. Details of the crimes are especially gruesome--the victims' hair has been newly plaited and thrust into their mouths, and their limbs are grotesquely folded behind them, like wounded birds--and the serial killer is soon nicknamed the Man of Crows.Catherine begins writing stories about the victims--women on their own and vulnerable in the big city--and gradually the story of the murderer as well. But she soon realizes that she has involved herself in a web of betrayal, deceit, and terror that threatens her and all those around her. A remarkable fiction debut, "The Pleasures of Men" is a gripping and spine-tingling thriller."Don't even think about starting Williams' tantalizingly unnerving thriller unless you've cleared your schedule for the next few hours."--"More""[A] promising first novel . . . Readers looking for more psychological sophistication than is usual in such historicals will be pleased." --"Publishers Weekly""A wonderfully ripe, imaginative and gripping piece of Victorian pastiche."--The London Times "A charged, fast-paced ride through the dark underbelly of Victorian London . . . Fans of Sarah Waters will love it."--"Good Housekeeping" (UK)"This intoxicating and disturbing novel is properly thrilling and extraordinarily well-written. . . . "The Pleasures of Men" shows a soaring talent let loose." --"The Independent on Sunday""Part bodice-ripper, part-slasher, the book's elaborate plot moves along at a brisk clip with a nod to the likes of Sarah Waters and Peter Ackroyd."--"The Daily Mail"