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“A luscious Victorian thriller that . . . sends two characters from [Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White] on a brilliant literary mission. . . . We are soon exposed to the dark heart of a city that never loses its fascination.” Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
The Dark Clue
978-0-8021-3929-0 • $14.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2003
J.M.W. Turner was one of the boldest and most elusive geniuses of his age. When Walter Hartright and his sister-in-law Marian are charged to write a biography of the great Romantic landscape artist, their attempt to draw his life out of the shadows sends them tripping across Victorian London in all of its staggering extremes. Together they encounter a kaleidoscopic array of the age’s fantastic characters, from the hardened street children of the city’s poorest quarters, to the tawdry women of the dockside brothels, to the celebrated visionary, John Ruskin. And yet the more Walter and Marian discover of Turnerthe depraved company he kept, the dark places he frequented, his mysterious link to an unspeakable actthe more his true life becomes vexingly out of reach. Can Walter and Marian untangle fact from a rapidly expanding web of conspiracy? Will the price of truth be too costly to pay?