Will Starling (Paperback)

By Ian Weir

Steerforth Press, 9781586422301, 480pp.

Publication Date: February 3, 2015

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The Reckoning of WM. STARLING, Esq., a Foundling, concerning Monstrous Crimes and Infernal Aspirations, with Perpetrators Named and Shrouded Infamies disclosed to Light of Day, as set down by his Own Hand in this year 1816

London, 1816. The Napoleonic War is over, Romanticism is at its high tide, and the great city is charged with the thrill of scientific discovery and Regency abandon. The nineteen-year-old foundling Will Starling returns from the Continent, having spent five years assisting military surgeon Alec Comrie, and now is helping Comrie build a civilian practice in London's rough Cripplegate area. This means entering into an uneasy alliance with the Doomsday Men: grave robbers who supply surgeons with cadavers for dissection. There are wild rumors about Dionysus Atherton, an old university friend of Comrie's and the brightest of London's emerging surgical stars, whispers of experiments on corpses not quite dead, in a bid to unlock the mystery of death itself. Will works obsessively to ferret out the truth; the investigation twists and turns through brothels and charnel houses and the mansions of Mayfair.

About the Author

IAN WEIR is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist. His first historical fiction novel, Daniel O'Thunder, was named one of the top historical novels of 2011 by Library Journal and was a finalist for four awards: The Commonwealth Writers' Prize for First Book, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. Ian lives near Vancouver, B.C., and was writer and executive producer of the critically acclaimed CBC miniseries Dragon Boys and is creator and executive producer of the CBC hit tv series Arctic Air. He has also written more than 150 episodes for over twenty different series, stage plays, radio plays, and young adult novels. Will Starling is his second novel for adults.