... a clever exercise in historical recreation and, implicitly, a disturbing fable about scientific arrogance (SUNDAY TIMES
Excellent. It's the first book I've read this year which ought to go straight on to the Booker shortlist for its intelligent writing, original plot and remarkable grasp of historical details and language (DAILY MAIL
An impressively imaginative approach to history & a wry tale of a young man who is, to the last, sick with love (THE TIMES
Atmospheric and action packed. (MAIL ON SUNDAY
* A gripping and authentic novel set in the criminal underworld of the eighteenth century.