Young Bartholomew Dorking stood in the dark, quiet room and looked down at the coffin and the huge ruffian, lately taken down from the gallows, who lay there, seemingly carved out of stone. Suddenly he noticed that the eyes were open and staring at him with a dreadful entreaty. The villain was alive! And that was how the gentle young apprentice came to find his life entangled with a murdering villain, forced to help him for fear of the dreadful crimes he would commit if he were let loose on the world.
This is a wild story which takes its astonishing violent way through the seamiest parts of London, a travelling circus and a private madhouse where forgotten lunatics are chained in empty rooms and from which young Tolly rescues Belle, the girl who isn't really mad at all.
It is recommended for readers with strong nerves and a taste for melodrama who have already been satisfied by Leon Garfield's other books Jack Holborn, Devil -in-the-Fog, Smith, Mister Corbett's Ghost, The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris and The Ghost Downstairs.
An older Puffin for readers of eleven and over.
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