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The meaning of night : a confession
Michael Cox
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Resonant with echoes of Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, Cox's richly imagined thriller features an unreliable narrator, Edward Glyver, who opens his chilling "confession" with a cold-blooded account of an anonymous murder that he commits one night on the streets of 1854 London. That killing is mere training for his planned assassination of Phoebus Daunt, an acquaintance Glyver blames for virtually every downturn in his life. Glyver feels Daunt's insidious influence in everything from his humiliating expulsion from school to his dismal career as a law firm factotum. The narrative ultimately centers on the monomaniacal Glyver's discovery of a usurped inheritance that should have been his birthright, the byzantine particulars of which are drawing him into a final, fatal confrontation with Daunt. Cox's tale abounds with startling surprises that are made credible by its scrupulously researched background and details of everyday Victorian life. Its exemplary blend of intrigue, history and romance mark a stand-out literary debut. Cox is also the author of M.R. James, a biography of the classic ghost-story writer. 10-city author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In Victorian England, impoverished young Edward Glyver turns murderous when he is shut out of a Cambridge education-and, it transpires, a whole lot more-by smarmy Phoebus Rainsford Daunt. On the author's mind for three decades, this work was completed in a rush after Cox (editor, The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories) was treated for a brain tumor. With a ten-city tour and the sale of multiple foreign rights, South Korea and Serbia included. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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