The Last Dickens Paperback
1870. Charles Dickens is dead. The final instalment of his last manuscript has vanished.
The script was last seen addressed to the publisher whose fortunes depend on it.
Since its sudden disappearance the only clue to its whereabouts is a trail of brutal murders.
With his livelihood - indeed his life - in jeopardy, Dickens' publisher sets out to unravel the mystery.
The trail leads him from bustling West End theatres, through grimy East End backstreets, into the fug of illicit opium dens, as the crime he hopes to solve ensnares him.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/01/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099512752
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Review by devenish
'The Last Dickens' of the title is of course Charles Dickens unfinished book,'The Mystery of Edwin Dood'.Matthew Pearl's latest literary thriller proposes that possibly the missing parts are still in existence.We follow the trail of the manuscript in the company of James Osgood who is Dickens American publisher and his assistant Rebecca Sand. There are quite a few good atmospheric set-pieces throughout the book and the historical figures and fictional characters blend well together.The opium connections are well done as is the section dealing with Charles Dickens stalker.So,over-all a satisfying read,which just misses being a top-rater.
Review by oldstick
Don't read all these reviews before reading the book. I haven't read Edwin Drood so will do so immediately but the story is interesting even if you don't know Dickens' last unfinished novel. At first the writing style is a little off putting but , as you get further into the story it seems to fit perfectly.