The Colours of Corruption
By Jacqueline Jacques
Mary, a desperately poor cleaner, is a witness to murder. Archie, one of the first artists to work for the police, draws the man she says she saw. Fascinated by her 'face full of bones', he persuades her to sit for a portrait, but the man who buys the picture would rather buy Mary herself. He doesn't realise the jeopardy his art has placed them in.
Archie has no idea how this one woman links his wealthiest clients, the grimmest slums, dangerous secrets, and a violent obsessive man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
As her gripping thriller uncoils, Jacqueline Jacques paints an intricate, vibrant picture of the myriad layers of Victorian London, where the poor are commodities, criminals have nothing to lose and the rich can buy almost anything.
"a gripping thriller that takes us into the homes of both London's rich and very poor. The Victorian city is well-described with believability and atmosphere and the characters nicely drawn. It is obvious that the author has done her research... while the style of writing keeps us interested and eager to discover what happens to Mary and how the murder is solved. "
Bill Spence, York Press
"...a page turner from the very first... an action-packed historical crime drama which won't disappoint."
Susmita Chatto, thebookbag.co.uk
"Jacqueline Jacques' The Colours of Corruption is that rare thing: a historical thriller that is as rich in emotional depth as it is ingenious in plot. In this delicious novel, the period is evoked in vivid detail, the characters - both the endearing and the depraved - ring absolutely true and the pace of the adventure never lets up."
Categories: Crime / Mystery / Thriller, Fiction, Historical fiction
First Published by Honno: 17th January 2013