Book - 1996
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Publisher: New York, NY : Random House, 1996.
Branch Call Number: F SMI
Characteristics: 364 pages


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DBRL_KrisA Jan 09, 2017

I'm a huge fan of Smith's Arkady Renko series (Gorky Park, Red Square, etc.); while this isn't Renko, and doesn't take place in Soviet-era Moscow, I enjoyed it nonetheless. The story takes place in the Victorian-era English coal mining town of Wigan; a local clergyman has gone missing, and Jonathan Blair is tasked with trying to find him. Just like with his Russian novels, Smith does a good job of getting the setting and time of the story right.

Oct 18, 2005

Set in 19th century England, Jonathan Blair is make to go to a mining town where life is brutal and short. Horrific descriptions mingle with every day life in a compelling piece of fiction that I never would otherwise have picked up! Martin Cruz Smith?s affinity with spy novels don?t do anything for me, but this story had me from the very first page. His description of a dinner party in a room lined with coal, contrasts darkly with real life embodied by a very real pit girl named, of course, Rose. Soon the mystery that he is sent to investigate is entangled by his fascination with Rose. The outcome is deeply dark like the coal they are disemboweling the earth for.


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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Mining engineer Jonathon Blair returns from Africa's Gold Coast and is asked to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a local curate.

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