'Casebook...is tremendous fun: it glows with intellectual enthusiasm and love for London' -- Time Out London
...a brilliant, impressionistic piece of literary art , and Ackroyd's forte -- Scotland on Sunday
`Ackroyd deftly brings to life the atheist rebellion and Enlightenment values of the time while giving full vent to his imagination...What amazes is how effortless it feels...a consummate and blood-freezing piece of writing.'
-- New Statesman
`an intelligent, creepily beautiful and haunted thing.' -- The Times Saturday, Melissa Katsoulis
`the spare, beautiful writing whips the story along nicely...a frighteningly relevant novel. Highly recommended' -- Gay Times
a confident and supremely accomplished excercise in literary historicism. -- The Herald
From the Back Cover
Victor Frankenstein begins his anatomy experiments in a barn in the secluded village of Headington, near Oxford. The coroner's office provides the corpses he needs - but they have often died of violence and drowning and are damaged and putrefying - so he moves his coils and jars and electrical fluids to a deserted pottery manufactury in Limehouse. And, from Limehouse, makes contact with the Doomesday Men - the resurrectionists.
He pays better than any hospital for the bodies of the very recently dead. Even so, perfect specimens are hard to come by ... until that Thames-side dawn when Victor, waiting, wrapped in his greatcoat, on his wooden jetty, hears the splashing of oars and sees in the half-light that slung into the stern of the approaching boat is the corpse of a handsome young man, one hand trailing in the water....--This text refers to the Paperback edition.