The Hyde Park Headsman
A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
By Anne Perry
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345514158, 400pp.)
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
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Not since the bloody deeds of Jack the Ripper have Londoners felt such terror as that aroused by the gruesome beheadings in Hyde Park. And if newly promoted Police Superintendent Thomas Pitt does not quickly apprehend the perpetrator, he is likely to lose his own head, professionally speaking. Yet even with the help of Charlotte Pitt’s subtle investigation, the sinister violence continues unchecked. And in a shocking turn of events that nearly convinces the pair of sleuths that they have met their match, the case proves to be Pitt’s toughest ever.
“A corking good story . . . [Perry is] a preeminent writer of Victorian mysteries.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“[Anne] Perry’s strengths: memorable characters and an ability to evoke the Victorian era with the finely wrought detail of a miniaturist.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Thrilling . . . [Perry’s] understanding of the historically rich period enables her to devise a plot true to its time yet timeless in its approach to human nature.”—The Orlando Sentinel
“Splendidly plotted . . . explores the nature of power while adding detail and color to Perry’s ever more elaborate tapestry of late-nineteenth-century London life.”—Publishers Weekly
“Full of suspense, intrigue, politics and psychological insights.”—Winston-Salem Journal