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By Charles Palliser

A rare sleek novel within the Victorian culture, Charles Palliser has created anything extraordinary--a plot inside a plot inside a plot of family members secrets and techniques, mysterious clues, low-born beginning, high-reaching immorality, and, constantly, regularly the fog-enshrouded, enigmatic personality of nineteenth century -- London itself.
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