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The Whispering Gallery

by Mark Sanderson

The Whispering Gallery Synopsis

A gripping and evocative mystery set in 30s London, in which a young journalist goes on the trail of a serial killer On a sweltering day in July 1937, reporter John Steadman is in London's St Paul's Cathedral waiting for his girlfriend ... But romance is pushed aside when he witnesses a man falling to his death from the Whispering Gallery, killing a priest in the process. Did he jump or was he pushed? Two days later Johnny receives the first of a series of grim packages at the offices of his newspaper, the Daily News. Each contains the body part of a woman and an enigmatic note, one of which says that he will be the murderer's final victim. To catch a killer, Johnny must set himself up as bait - with police and a fascinated public looking on. But he still has to uncover the tragic truth behind the double-death in the cathedral...

The Whispering Gallery Press Reviews

* Sanderson's storytelling moves at full pelt and he combines an engrossing tour of long-gone back streets with a tremendous eye for the louche and grotesque ... If you love London, you'll love The Whispering Gallery' Evening Standard Praise for Mark Sanderson: * Powerfully atmospheric. A compelling journey into the dark heart of the Square Mile' Jake Arnott * 'Sanderson relishes the louche and smoky milieu where police and press rub shoulders with sexual adventurers and criminals, and he describes it with considerable verve' Spectator * 'Sanderson is a journalistic boulevardier of great wit and charm, with a gift for the outrageous...The author sports a narrative grasp that won't let the reader go...His ace in the hole is the pungent evocation of time and place. London of the 1930s is conjured with immense skill' Independent * 'Elegant, unpretentious writing, a strong build-up of suspense and the portrayal of a central relationship between Johnny, the hot-shot reporter, and his old school buddy Matt Turner, a policeman from the City's Snow Hill police station, which is both emotionally believable and intriguing. Snow Hill has undeniable page-turning appeal' Financial Times * 'A fully polished, fast-paced and thoroughly entertaining affair' Daily Mirror 'Book of the Week' * 'The period atmosphere is vividly and convincingly portrayed ... It's a very good read and an interesting story based on an event that is rumoured actually to have happened' Literary Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007296828
Publication date: 5th July 2012
Author: Mark Sanderson
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 368 pages
Categories: Historical mysteries,

About Mark Sanderson

Mark Sanderson is a journalist writing mainly for the Sunday Telegraph and Evening Standard. Since 1999 he has written the Literary Life column in the Sunday Telegraph. A memoir, `Wrong Rooms', published in 2002 to widespread acclaim was described by Melvyn Bragg as one of the most moving I have ever read .

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