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Instruments of Darkness (Crowther & Westerman 1) - Imogen Robertson

Instruments of Darkness (Crowther & Westerman 1) - Imogen Robertson

Imogen Robertson’s debut novel and book one of the Crowther & Westerman series of historical thrillers.

Title: Instruments of Darkness

Author:  Imogen Robertson

ISBN:  9780755348398

Weight:  990 g

Signed, lined and dated first edition, first printing



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Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson

Combines the brooding atmosphere of the best of Daphne du Maurier with the complex, compelling detail of Tess Gerritsen, moving from drawing room to dissecting room, coffee shop to country inn, and into the shadowy heart of 18th-century society.

It is June 1780, and for seven days London is in the grip of a mob; the anti-catholic Gordon Riots.

Thornleigh Hall, seat of the Earl of Sussex, dominates its surroundings.  Its heir is missing, and the once vigorous family is reduced to a cripple, his whore and his alcoholic second son, but its power endures.

Impulsive Harriet Westerman has felt the Hall’s menace long before she happens upon a dead man bearing the Thornleigh arms.  The grim discovery cries out for justice, and she persuades reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther to her cause, much against his better judgement; he knows a dark path lies before those who stray from society’s expectations.

That same day, Alexander Adams is killed in a London music shop, leaving his young children orphaned.  His death will lead back to Sussex, and an explosive secret that has already destroyed one family and threatens many others.

Peer & Press Reviews

An irresistible debut – stylish, enigmatic and wonderfully atmospheric.  Imogen Robertson’s murder mystery evokes the squalor and grandeur of Georgian England, from dingy Soho rooms to sinister Sussex mansions, so vividly and compellingly that I half-wondered if this was really fiction or hidden history.  It’s a story of secrecy and shame, reason and passion, that resonates long after you reach the final page.

Francis Wheen, journalist, writer and broadcaster

A large country estate; an ancient and powerful aristocratic family; a dangerous hidden secret; a mysterious anatomist; a feisty amateur female detective and the brutal murder of a stranger.  Really, what more could you want from a novel?

Material Witness

Every so often I encounter a book that makes me think with envy: ‘How I wish I could have written this story!’  Instruments of Darkness is just that book – poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable.  Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel.

Tess Gerritsen, author of the Rizzoli & Isles series

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Instruments of Darkness
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Series Crowther & Westerman (#1)
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Lined Gabriel Crowther opened his eyes
Dated 26/5/09
Book Stats
Publisher Headline Publishing Group
Imprint Headline Review
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9780755348398
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 374
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 163 x 35mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Rebecca Key
Design Wendy Birch
Jacket pictures Liam Grant / Alamy (trees)
Pictorial / Science & Society (surgical instruments)

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