Due to listening to this book, I can now define the niche genre of "Victorian Gaslight Mysteries and Thrillers." I always liked this genre, but didn't have a name for it, exactly. I intend on reading/listening to much more of this category, but they may pale in comparison to this one. I don't give 5 stars for everything very often. The story was so totally engrossing and you could really get the feel of being there. Morrell described the lifestyles, customs and conduct of all levels of Victorian society so very well and then created an equally compelling mystery. I was so amused by the regular concern of various male character's that Emily (De Quincey's daughter) or "a lady" must leave the room, or could not hear the more graphic or certainly violent descriptions of police work or even relatively innocent conversations, by today's standards. And I had no idea that in Victorian England, that a surgeon was a step below a physician and that a physician (who treated the upper classes) would never touch his patients. Totally nuts, but that was accurate, I'm sure. And then Matthew Wolf did a superb job as narrator and dramatically enhanced what was already such a very well-written tale. Then the bonus of the post-script was very interesting. If you're a history buff or a fan of this genre or just a mystery fan, I think you'll love it.
I liked it all. But besides the terrific story, Matthew Wolf's narration was spot-on.
Maybe, but it was always nice to come back to later.
Yes, most definitely.
I can't think of a book, but I can definitely relate it to a documentary I saw on Enron.
The frustration and incredulity was clearly apparent in the narration, which was a big part of the story, and contributed to the title.
Not really, but I still wanted to know what was going to happen next.
I'm glad I listened to this book and even though I was familiar with the Madoff scandal, it was truly fascinating to read about Markopolos and his heroic efforts to get this crime out to the public...and then he stayed with it for 10 years? He did tear the SEC apart when their "day in court" finally came, but they certainly deserved it. I can only hope they're run better now than they were then.
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