Will Starling

Will Starling

A Novel

Book - 2014
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The great metropolis of London swaggers with Regency abandon as nineteen-year-old Will Starling returns from the Napoleonic Wars having spent five years assisting a military surgeon. Charming, brash, and damaged, Will is helping his mentor build a medical practice -- and a life -- in the rough Cripplegate area. To do so requires an alliance with the Doomsday Men: body snatchers that supply surgeons and anatomists with human cadavers. After a grave robbing goes terribly awry and a prostitute is accused of murder, Will becomes convinced of an unholy conspiracy that traces its way back to Dionysus Atherton, the brightest of London's rising surgical stars. Wild rumours begin to spread of experiments upon the living and of uncanny sightings in London's dark streets. Will's obsessive search for the truth twists through alleyways, brothels, and charnel houses, towards a shattering discovery -- about Dionysus Atherton and about Will, himself.
Publisher: Fredericton, New Brunswick : Goose Lane Editions, ©2014
ISBN: 9780864926470
Branch Call Number: WEIR
Characteristics: 483 pages ; 21 cm


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Boisterous and evocative with hints of the supernatural, this historical novel was a delight to read. Will Starling has returned from the Napoleonic Wars where he assisted a military surgeon on the battlefield. Surgeons need bodies to practice their craft, and grave robbing is a serious black ma... Read More »

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Jan 06, 2016

I had a hard time sticking with this book - in fact, I had to take a break in the middle and read a couple of other books before going back and reading the rest. And yet, in retrospect, I can really appreciate the complex plot and round-about narration. And the ending is well played. I'm glad I stuck with it, but I wouldn't recommend this book if you're looking for a quick read.

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