Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem

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Minerva, 1994 - Detective and mystery stories - 281 pages
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As Elizabeth Cree sits every day in a courtroom, on trial for the murder of her husband, the story moves from courthouse to music hall to the back alleys of Limehouse, the notorious district of Victorian London, teeming with the poorest of the poor, the most violent of criminals and helpless preyed upon immigrants, following the trail of slaughter laid by the Golem, an almost mythical predecessor of Jack the Ripper.
   Fact and fiction blend effortlessly as Dan Leno, king of the music-hall comedians is dragged unwittingly into the investigation of one of London's most notorious murders. When Karl Marx and George Gissing are connected to the same crime the possibilities are endless.

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The trial of Elizabeth Cree: a novel of the Limehouse murders

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Mixing history with liberal doses of invention, Ackroyd (English Music, LJ 9/15/92) presents a dark, atmospheric portrait of Victorian London. While bringing in everyone from an elderly Karl Marx to a ... Read full review


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Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning historian, biographer, novelist, poet and broadcaster. He is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography, Thames: Sacred River and London Under; biographies of figures including Charles Dickens, William Blake, Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock; and a multi-volume history of England. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.

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