After listening I wanted to take a shower. The author emphasizes all the dirt, literal and figurative, of the era. Syphilis, murder, treason, poisoning, buggery, and petty theft all challenge ineffective Lord John who wades through the mucky underside of London in search of truth and justice. At one point the carriage in which Lord John rides is pelted with night soil and that pretty much summed up my lack of enthusiasm for Lord John. Near the end of the book Lord John asks himself why he didn't just ask one simple question right at the beginning of his trials. I asked that too. I'd say the mystery here is only a tempest in a teapot except there are no teapots in this novel. Tainted booze, bad food, brothels (male and female), running sores, malarial fevers, syphilitic madness, infanticide, and wife beating leave little room for any polite society. So little in fact that you wonder why Lord John even cared to begin with.
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