The Colours of Corruption
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Mary, a desperately poor cleaner, is a witness to murder. Archie, one of the first artists to work for the police, to support his other work, draws the man she says she saw at the scene. Fascinated by her 'face full of bones', he persuades her to sit for a portrait, but the man who buys the picture really wants to buy Mary. When he realises he's betrayed her, Archie takes her to hide with his friends, but doesn't realise what he's started. He has no idea how this one woman links his wealthiest clients, the poorest slums, terrible secrets, and a violent thug who is now looking for Archie - the man Mary described to the police.
As this gripping thriller uncoils, Jacqueline Jacques paints an intricate, vibrant picture of the layers of Victorian London, where the poor are commodities, criminals have nothing to lose and the rich can buy anything.
And the murders go on...
Praise for The Colours of Corruption
"The story moves fast among crimes of greed and lust... a fast-paced, colourful, well-planned story..."
The Historical Novel Society
"a gripping thriller that takes us into the homes of both London's rich and very poor. The Victorian city is well-described with believability and atmosphere and the characters nicely drawn. It is obvious that the author has done her research... while the style of writing keeps us interested and eager to discover what happens to Mary and how the murder is solved. "
Bill Spence, York Press
"...a page turner from the very first... an action-packed historical crime drama which won't disappoint."
Susmita Chatto, thebookbag.co.uk
"Jacqueline Jacques' The Colours of Corruption is that rare thing: a historical thriller that is as rich in emotional depth as it is ingenious in plot. In this delicious novel, the period is evoked in vivid detail, the characters - both the endearing and the depraved - ring absolutely true and the pace of the adventure never lets up."
Category: Fiction Crime
First published by Honno in : January 2013