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Jack Maggs
By Peter Carey

Jack Maggs

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Jack Maggs by Peter Carey

Book Description

The Booker Prize-winning author of "Oscar and Lucinda" returns to the 19th century in an utterly captivating mystery. The year is 1837 and a stranger is prowling London. He is Jack Maggs, an illegal returnee from the prison island of Australia. He has the demeanor of a savage and the skills of a hardened criminal, and he is risking his life on seeking vengeance and reconciliation. Installing himself within the household of the genteel grocer Percy Buckle, Maggs soon attracts the attention of a cross section of London society. Saucy Mercy Larkin wants him for a mate. The writer Tobias Oates wants to possess his soul through hypnosis. But Maggs is obsessed with a plan of his own. And as all the various schemes converge, Maggs rises into the center, a dark looming figure, at once frightening, mysterious, and compelling. Not since Caleb Carr's "The Alienist" have the shadowy city streets of the 19th century lit up with such mystery and romance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780679760375
ISBN-10: 0679760377
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 130mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Peter Carey

30 Days in Sydney by Peter Carey 30 Days in Sydney, Hardback (April 2016)

A decorated writer's witty, energetic exploration of his home city, told through a month-long visit-- now in a brand new hardcover package.

Plainsong by Peter Carey Plainsong, Paperback (October 2015)

"Beautifully crafted, alive and quietly magnificent. I read it in one mesmerising sitting. I had no choice; it would not let me go" Roddy Doyle

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey Oscar and Lucinda, Paperback (June 2015)

A love story and a historical tour de force set in Victorian times which deals with the undeclared love between clergyman Oscar Hopkins and the heiress Lucinda Leplastrier. Made for each other, the two are gamblers - one obsessive, the other compulsive - incapable of winning at the game of love.

Amnesia by Peter Carey Amnesia, Paperback (May 2015)

When Gaby Baillieux, a young woman from suburban Melbourne, releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australias prison system, hundreds of asylum seekers walk free. Worse: the system is run by an American corporation, so some 5,000 US prisons are also infected. Doors spring open. Both countries' secrets threaten to pour out.

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Author Biography - Peter Carey

Born in Bacchus Marsh, Australia, in 1943, Peter Carey lives in New York City with his wife and two sons. He is the author of five previous novels and a collection of stories.

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