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Description - London Bridges by Jane Stevenson

"London Bridges", her first novel, evokes the mood and sheer enjoyability of classic English detective fiction, though it is set in the London of the 1990s. A young lawyer comes across a treasure lost in the Blitz, and is tempted into a series of crimes which end eventually in murder. Meanwhile, a very contemporary cast of characters assembles to confound him. The denouncement of the intricate plot occurs in the Cotswolds, and involves teddy bears, Greek monks, New Age bikers and the source of the Thames, but before we get there, there is humour, satire, social observation, occasional moments of paths, and the scintillating wit and intelligence that distinguished Several Deceptions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099273752
ISBN-10: 0099273756
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Reviews - London Bridges by Jane Stevenson

UK Kirkus Review » A fine, eminently filmable debut novel from the author of last year's acclaimed story collection, Several Deceptions. It's an intricately plotted thriller set in contemporary London, where a disaffected, misanthropic lawyer discoves a forgotten treasure stowed in a bank vault since the Blitz and is tempted to turn the situation to his own advantage. He is soon caught in a web of murderous deception which reaches out to involve everyone from an Australian pharmacist to a reclusive Greek abbot. The spectacular (and hilarious) denouement seems the result of outrageous coincidence, but has more to do with the power of ordinary people to forge connections and alliances - the 'London Bridges' of the title. Behind the frenzied plotting this is actually a thoughtful look at how friendly co-operation can thwart solitary evil. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Interesting characters, an agreeable setting-contemporary London-and accomplished writing, all are folded together into an overstuffed first novel about a group of men and women who find love and purpose as they save an old garden and capture a greedy lawyer who's taken to crime. When Edward Lupset, an impoverished young lawyer and old Etonian who yearns for the finer things of life, learns that a distinguished Greek family is unaware of the treasures put into a vault during the London blitz by the family's British lawyer Mr. Eugenides, he decides to acquire them for himself. With the help of two young Greek professionals who share similar ambitions, he befriends the aging Mr. Eugenides, who lives alone in an old house in an ancient part of London, and begins to doctor his medications with pills that will induce confusion. But Edward, a louche and graceless snob, hasn't reckoned with Dr. Sebastian Raphael, a gay Byzantine scholar, whom Eugenides has permitted to copy a long lost sixth-century homoerotic poem. Or with Jeanene Malone, an Australian classics graduate student who overhears the Greeks plotting; or Dil Dhesi, an astute colleague of Edward's; or Hattie Luke, who's trying to save a garden on the site of an old bombed-out church whose land belongs to a Greek monastery on Mount Athos. As they get wind of Edward's machinations, Mr. Eugenides dies, Prince Charles invites the abbot of the monastery to visit, and Jeanene, Dil, and Sebastian all find skullduggery and love en route to a leisurely, ungripping final curtain. An energetic debut that tries to be too many things as it celebrates the varieties of love, solves a crime, and comments on the need for historic preservation in cool Britannia. (Kirkus Reviews)


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