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The American Boy by [Taylor, Andrew]
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‘In the end, the myriad mysteries of “The American Boy” are all neatly accounted for, as one would expect from a thriller writer such as Taylor. But he has transcended any limitations of genre in this novel, for it is a wonderful book, richly composed and beautifully written, an enthralling read from start to finish.’ The Times

‘Creates an atmosphere close to Sarah Waters’ “Fingersmith” in the convincing depiction of a sadistic underworld. Taylor’s deeply absorbing and beautifully written book is a fitting tribute to the founding father of crime fiction.’ Independent

‘A most artful and delightful book, that will both amuse and chill, and it will have you desperate to search out a quiet corner to continue your acquaintance with it.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Taylor spins a magnificent tangential web…The book is full of sharply-etched details evoking Dickensian London and is also a love story, shot through with the pain of a penniless and despised lover. This novel has the literary values which should take it to the top of the lists.’ Scotland on Sunday

‘It is as if Taylor has used the great master of the bizarre as both starting- and finishing- point, but in between created a period piece with its own unique voice.The result should satisfy those drawn to the fictions of the 19th-century, or Poe, or indeed to crime writing at its most creative.’ Spectator

‘Like Poe’s fiction,Taylor’s beguiling story and atmospheric evocation of Regency London and the winter landscapes of Gloucestershire cry out for a wingback chair by a blazing chair. Hugely entertaining.’ Observer

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‘Hugely entertaining, beguiling and atmospheric.' (The Observer)

'A wonderful book, richly composed and beautifully written, an enthralling read from start to finish.' (The Times)

'Creates an atmosphere close to Sarah Waters' Fingersmith … Deeply absorbing and beautifully written.' (The Independent)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2180 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New Ed edition (3 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CBDD7G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is much more than a 19th century murder mystery. I thought initially that the book was about Edgar Alan Poe but he is a small but integral part of the whole. There is a wealth of historical detail to interest the most picky reader. Due to give it another read. Andrew Taylor is a very talented writer.
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didn't enjoy as much as the ashes of London but still enjoyable
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An excellent and gripping read.
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Everyone raves about this book. Sorry, it just didn't do it for me.
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A very good read, reminded me of a Dickens plot.
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Kept me coming back for more, but I found the ending disappointing. Felt there was more to make of a clever, complex plot.
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Hard going but sticking with it
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I have tried really hard to get through this book, almost forcing myself at times! There is not an intriguing story line, the plot is muddled and confusing and the writing style not brilliant. Made it to Page 158, now the book is going in the bin!
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