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The Trail of the Serpent

Mary Elizabeth Braddon


PUBLISHED: 11th February 2003
ISBN: 9780812966787
ANNOTATION:
Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915), Victorian England's bestselling woman writer, blends Dickensian humor with chilling suspense in this "exuberantly campy" ("Kirkus Reviews) mystery. The novel features Jabez North, a manipulative orphan who becomes a ruthless killer; Valerie de Cevennes, a stunning heiress who falls into North's diabolical trap; and Mr. Peters, a mute detective who communicates his brilliant reasoning through sign language. This edition includes a critical Afterword and endnotes by Victorian scholar Dr. Chris Willis.
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PUBLISHED: 11th February 2003
ISBN: 9780812966787
ANNOTATION:
Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915), Victorian England's bestselling woman writer, blends Dickensian humor with chilling suspense in this "exuberantly campy" ("Kirkus Reviews) mystery. The novel features Jabez North, a manipulative orphan who becomes a ruthless killer; Valerie de Cevennes, a stunning heiress who falls into North's diabolical trap; and Mr. Peters, a mute detective who communicates his brilliant reasoning through sign language. This edition includes a critical Afterword and endnotes by Victorian scholar Dr. Chris Willis.

Annotation

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915), Victorian England's bestselling woman writer, blends Dickensian humor with chilling suspense in this "exuberantly campy" ("Kirkus Reviews) mystery. The novel features Jabez North, a manipulative orphan who becomes a ruthless killer; Valerie de Cevennes, a stunning heiress who falls into North's diabolical trap; and Mr. Peters, a mute detective who communicates his brilliant reasoning through sign language. This edition includes a critical Afterword and endnotes by Victorian scholar Dr. Chris Willis.

Publisher Description

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837–1915), Victorian England's bestselling woman writer, blends Dickensian humor with chilling suspense in this “exuberantly campy” (Kirkus Reviews) mystery. The novel features Jabez North, a manipulative orphan who becomes a ruthless killer; Valerie de Cevennes, a stunning heiress who falls into North's diabolical trap; and Mr. Peters, a mute detective who communicates his brilliant reasoning through sign language. This edition includes a critical Afterword and endnotes by Victorian scholar Dr. Chris Willis.

Author Biography

Sarah Waters is the award-winning author of Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, and Fingersmith.

Review

"The Trail of the Serpent is thoroughly engaging--vintage storytelling with more than a touch of sly wit." --Sue Grafton "Why have we been deprived of this treat for a hundred years? The Trail of the Serpent is a cracking good read, addictively ingenious, electrically energetic, engagingly entertaining, and above all fun!"--Reginald Hill

"The Trail of the Serpent is immensely vivid, sweeping you along with its character and vitality."--Anne Perry

Product Details

Author
Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Short Title
TRAIL OF THE SERPENT -ML
Publisher
Modern Library
Series
Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
Language
English
ISBN-10
0812966783
ISBN-13
9780812966787
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2003
Publication Date
2003-02-28
Country of Publication
United States
Edited by
Chris Willis
Residence
ENK
Pages
496