The Maul and the Pear Tree : The Ratcliffe Highway Murders, 1811

by P. D. James

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P. D. James and T. A. Critchley piece together the evidence of an early 19th century murder case in this fascinating book.

The Maul and the Pear Tree : The Ratcliffe Highway Murders, 1811 Synopsis

In 1811, John Williams was buried with a stake in his heart. Was he the notorious East End killer or his eighth victim in the bizarre and shocking Ratcliffe Highway Murders? In this vivid and gripping reconstruction P. D. James and T. A. Critchley draw on public records, newspaper clippings and hitherto unpublished sources, expertly sifting the evidence to shed new light on this infamous Wapping mystery.

The Maul and the Pear Tree : The Ratcliffe Highway Murders, 1811 Press Reviews

'James and Critchley evoke the horror of a dark, wintry London where ill-prepared authorities struggle to bring a major murder case to its conclusion.' Crime Times

'A model demonstration of how to assess fragmentary and often tantalising evidence ... It makes an enthralling story.' New York Times

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ISBN: 9780571258086
Publication date: 04/11/2010
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571258086
Publication date: 4th November 2010
Author: P. D. James
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: History,
Categories: True crime,

About P. D. James

P. D. James was born in Oxford in 1920 and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. All that experience has been used in her novels. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of the Arts and has served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, where she was Chairman of its Literary Advisory Panel, on the Board of the British ...

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