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London Bridges by Jane Stevenson

London Bridges

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London Bridges by Jane Stevenson

London Bridges , her first novel, evokes the mood and sheer enjoyability of classic English detective fiction, though it is set in the London of the 1990s. A young lawyer comes across a treasure lost in the Blitz, and is tempted into a series of crimes which end eventually in murder. Meanwhile, a very contemporary cast of characters assembles to confound him. The denouncement of the intricate plot occurs in the Cotswolds, and involves teddy bears, Greek monks, New Age bikers and the source of the Thames, but before we get there, there is humour, satire, social observation, occasional moments of paths, and the scintillating wit and intelligence that distinguished Several Deceptions.


A fine, eminently filmable debut novel from the author of last year's acclaimed story collection, Several Deceptions. It's an intricately plotted thriller set in contemporary London, where a disaffected, misanthropic lawyer discoves a forgotten treasure stowed in a bank vault since the Blitz and is tempted to turn the situation to his own advantage. He is soon caught in a web of murderous deception which reaches out to involve everyone from an Australian pharmacist to a reclusive Greek abbot. The spectacular (and hilarious) denouement seems the result of outrageous coincidence, but has more to do with the power of ordinary people to forge connections and alliances - the 'London Bridges
of the title. Behind the frenzied plotting this is actually a thoughtful look at how friendly co

-operation can thwart solitary evil. (Kirkus UK)

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Publication date

3rd May 2001


Jane Stevenson

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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


304 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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