A Detective Sergeant Best Mystery
It is 1874 and an explosion has killed boatmen and wrecked the villa of the artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Investigating the cause of the explosion and the identity of a body in the Regent's canal, Best negotiates the conflicting worlds of art, wealth and privilege and poor canal boatmen.
Set in the mid-19th century when Bath's status as a resort of taste and elegance was somewhat in decline, this historical thriller centres around the Avon Street district, then a slum area, home to itinerants, immigrants and other poor minorities. The story's starting point is the factual deaths – in mysterious circumstances – of Thomas Hunt and his daughter in 1850.
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Ten Years of Accidental Classics
Since 1998, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern has been emerging from various kitchens, attics and an old laundromat roughly four times a year - or definitely at least three. In those ten years, almost 100,000 stories have been submitted, usually in manila envelopes, mostly from unknown names living in unfamiliar corners. Approximately 400 of those stories were selected for publication. Eighteen of them appear here, wildly diverse in style and subject, from some of the finest writers of today and tomorrow. Several typos have been removed.