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The maul and the pear tree

the Ratcliffe Highway murders, 1811

1st Mysterious Press paperback ed.

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Published by Mysterious Press in New York .

About the Book

In this riveting true crime account, acclaimed author P. D. James, the "Queen of the English mystery novel" (Newsweek) joins forces with historian T. A. Critchley to re-create the Radcliffe Highway murders, a series of vicious crimes committed in 1811 ... The scene is the London Docks near Wapping Old Stairs, a sinister neighborhood where pirates were often hanged. The first victims were two hardworking shopkeepers, along with their baby and shop boy. Twelve days later and only a few blocks away, an equally blameless pub owner was found together with his wife and servant, victims of equal cruelty and apparent absence of motive. The serial killings provoked nationwide notoriety and panic. With the atmosphere and pacing of her best novels, James reveals the rudimentary police system of Regency London coping with a major murder investigation -- and crimes that rank up there with Jack the Ripper, the Boston Strangler, and Son of Sam as the very symbol of murderous and unthinking brutality.

Edition Notes

Genre
Case studies.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
364.1523
Library of Congress
HV6535.G6 L625 1987

The Physical Object

Pagination
234 p. :
Number of pages
234

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24213632M
Internet Archive
maulpeartreeratc00jame
ISBN 10
0445405627
ISBN 13
9780445405622
LC Control Number
85043163
OCLC/WorldCat
16147553

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