The Moonstone (Paperback)
Dover Publications, 9780486424514, 432pp.
Publication Date: October 29, 2002
Stolen from the forehead of a Hindu idol, the dazzling gem known as "The Moonstone" resurfaces at a birthday party in an English country home -- with an enigmatic trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail. Laced with superstitions, suspicion, humor, and romance, this 1868 mystery draws readers into a compelling tale with twists and turns ranging from sleepwalking to experimentation with opium. The suspense and drama is heightened as the narrative passes from one colorful character to the next. Wilkie Collins' masterpiece is particularly distinguished by the appearance of Sergeant Cuff, a prototype of the English detective hero and the harbinger of a popular tradition of sleuthing.
About the Author
A prolific author of the Victorian era, Wilkie Collins (1824-89) wrote "sensation" novels. The forerunners of today's detective and suspense fiction, his best-known works include The Moonstone and The Woman in White. Charles Dickens was his lifelong friend and collaborator, and many of Collins' stories first appeared in Dickens' weekly publication, All the Year Round.