Cut to the Quick
Baker & Taylor
Imperturbable sleuth Julian Kestrel, a stylish gentleman of Regency England, investigates, along with his manservant Dipper, the death of a young woman at a friend's estate. A first novel.
Blackwell North Amer
To the ranks of great sleuths of ages past, add a new candidate - Julian Kestrel - a detective as historically authentic as Brother Cadfael and as dashing as Lord Peter Wimsey. Kestrel is the reigning dandy of London in the 1820s, famous for his elegant clothes and his unflappable sangfroid. One night he rescues a young aristocrat named Hugh Fontclair from a gambling house, and in gratitude Hugh invites him to be best man at his wedding. But when Kestrel goes to stay with the Fontclairs at their sumptuous country house, he is caught in the crossfire of the bride's and groom's warring families. Soon, discord erupts into murder.
In a world without fingerprinting, chemical analysis, or even police, murder poses a baffling challenge. Undaunted, Kestrel sets out to solve the crime. With the help of his Cockney manservant, Dipper a (mostly) reformed pickpocket, Kestrel delves beneath the Fontclairs' respectable surface. What he finds is a trail of crime, deception, and forbidden lust that leads him at last to the killer.
The combination of a new author, a charming new sleuth, and a strikingly original setting adds up to a smashing mystery that moves with force and intelligence - and expert suspense - from beginning to end.
Imperturbable sleuth Julian Kestrel, a stylish gentleman of Regency England, joins with his manservant Dipper to investigate the death of a young woman at a friend's estate
New York : Viking, 1993
337 p. ; 22 cm