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I ve not Aristotle Detective (Aristotle read anything by Maurice Leitch before but like most people I ve heard of Burke Hare so thought this would be worth aeadOverall it was very well written As well as the historical Mr Hare Thomas de uincey Confessions of An English Opium Eater makes an appearance The novel starts with Hare still held in gaol and we see him turn King s Evidence and be allowed to go free while his partner in crime pun intended goes to the gallows A plaster cast is taken of Hare s head and a phrenologist has a good feel of his skullBeing somewhat notorious and with many people being outraged with his An enjoyable Bones, Clones, and Biomes read Characters were interesting but could have had back story and development More of a fizz than a bang but very well written I could certainly see potential for another book if the author would warrant another adventure Not giving the finale away I was left with I wonder what could have happened if 3 out of 5 stars for me An interesting idea well written butan out of steam a bit if I had been seeking Mr Hare I would have given up long before the end In the writing of Seeking Mr Hare Leitch clearly proves why he has been a worthy winner of the Whitbread Prize Well paced pithy and an indictment of the time in which it is set Leitch follows William Hare on the un from his notorious past whilst he is unknowingly pursued by Percival Speed an ex policeman with a penchant for studying the criminal mind Despite the uick movement from place to place Leitch captures the sin and debauchery of inner city slums in Scotland England and Ireland as well as the hypocrisy of the upper classes throughout all three countries However the plot itself is lacking From the start we note that the law itself has allowed Hare to flee Therefore in the eyes of the law Speed s pursuit of the umoured body snatcher is futile And without spoiling anything it emains futile from beginning to end Leitch provides no cartharsis Even when we know Hare cannot be touched we hope for his
escape from Speed only for it to be left as a loose end just like Speed himself Perhaps this is from Speed only for it to be left as a loose end just like Speed himself Perhaps this is point Perhaps Seeking Mr Hare is a comment on the failure of justice in this historical period Thus I am not prepared to write this novel off as mediocre as Leitch s writing is far from pedestr. This is a masterful and highly entertaining novel from the winner of the Guardian Book Prize and the Whitbread Prize On the 7th of February 1829 the notorious Irish mass murderer and 'resurrectionist' William Hare of Burke and Hare infamy was freed from a Scottish gaol put on a coach to Carlisle left on the oadside there and subseuently disappeared from human view as if he had never existed His fellow conspirator and provider of fresh 'meat' for the Edin.
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of the two notorious murderers Lord Bath asks Speed to track down the man himself This leadsthe two notorious murderers Lord Bath asks Speed to track down the man himself This leads a cat and mouse game as we follow both the adventures of Hare and the journey of Speed as he tries to track him down Along the way Hare meets up with a young mute girl and Speed has various encounters including the notorious opium eater Thomas De uincey From travelling circuses emote farmhouses out of England and across Ireland the author always manages to give a good sense of place and his characters are authentic and well ounded If you enjoy historical fiction with a twist of mystery this will certainly appeal to you Maurice Leitch is a fine novelist but I do admit to being very surprised by this novel Firstly I have come across nothing by him since the early 1990s and am surprised he is alive let alone publishing new books Secondly I am surprised by this novel a picaresue story set in Scotland Cumbria and Ulster in the early 1800s Leitch has based all his previous
books in a time period unning from the Second World War The Smoke King through the 1950sin a time period Counter-Amores running from the Second World War The Smoke King through the 1950s 60s to the Northern Ireland Troubles in the 1980s Silver s City Seeking Mr Hare is uite a departure Yes the old stamping ground of Belfast and south Antrim make strong appearances as well as assortedogues especially hypocritical priests and clergymen But here is an episodic and often funny book centred on the misadventures of an historical murderer one half of the Burke and Hare team after his period of infamy A young mute woman Hannah than his eual in perfidy links up with him and they in turn are hunted by a Dancing at Armageddon retired policeman and his bare knuckle boxer associate who also happens to be fanaticallyeligious As usual with Leitch there is a convincing sense of time and place He is especially good on Belfast with its sualor factories devil may care citizenry and casual sectarianism There is a lot of fun here and the novel never drags but I was left wondering what was the point of it all Two first person narratives intertwined as William Hare travels to escape Double Jeopardy recognition for his notoriety and Percy Speed tries to track him down first at the behest of a Lord and then as a personal obsession But there isn teally a plot and the story just fizzles out. A young mute farm girl on the way the pair travel from one adventure in survival to the next all the while pursued by Percy Speed a etired London enuiry agent hired by his noble employer to track down a life mask of Hare for his private cabinet of curiosities However when Lord Beckford loses interest in the uest Speed doggedly carries on determined to come face to face with his cunning and elusive uarry no matter what the uest costs and where it leads hi. Ian All I will say is that I enjoyed it for a time but soon wished for it to end only for that end to fall incredibly flat I was expecting to enjoy this book very much Maurice Leitch is a very good writer and it sounded like my kind of thing a well written historical novel based on good esearch Sadly although it was well written and esearched it failed
To Engross Me And I Found It Rather Dull Inengross me and I found it ather dull in large partsLeitch creates two very believable narrators in William Hare the murderer and partner of William Burke and Percival Speed the detective on his trail Hare is violent and conscienceless but constrained by caution and sometimes by lust and is very well painted Speed is less interesting as a character but still an interesting voice and commentator on the times For the first hundred pages or so this was enough to keep me going but I have to say that I just got a bit bored as the narrative carried on and on and on with things happening but little in the way of eal development "or tension In truth I ended up skimming sections which is something I In truth ended up skimming sections which is something I do and found that I had seldom missed much when I began to ead in detail againOthers have plainly enjoyed this book far than I did and for the Contested Reproduction reasons I expected to so don t let me put you off it may just be me However I found it all a bit of a slog and can only give it a lukewarmecommendation Interesting characters but the writer seemed to struggle with where to go with the story Author Maurice Leitch has cleverly woven his story using a mix of fact and fiction in this entertaining and atmospheric historical novel The story begins in Calton Jail Edinburgh 1828 where Willie Burke and William Hare stand on trial for obtaining bodies for medical Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) research often dispatching the living to suit their purposes From the start it is obvious that both men are seen as notorious curiosities a death mask is made of Burke and a life mask of Hare For Hare is to escape the gallows and finally finds himself left on theoadside penniless and homeless but as he muses it is better to be a live nobody than a dead somebodyMeanwhile former Detective Percival Speed and former prizefighter Jack Slack are in Edinburgh to obtain items for their patron Lord Beckford of Bath whose collection and passion is centred. Burgh surgeons' operating tables had earlier been hanged but fearing the mob's vengeance the authorities had freed Hare hoping he would vanish for ever little knowing that his name along with the nature of his terrible crimes would everberate and live on even if his subseuent history did not Seeking Mr Hare takes up the story where our pariah flees his past through the Northern English countryside and finally across to Ireland Joining forces with Hannah. .