Blind Justice Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
This launch of a projected series set in 18th-century England introduces Sir John Fielding--blind, brilliant, compassionate magistrate of London's Bow Street Court--and Jeremy Proctor, the narrator, a penniless, intelligent 13-year-old orphan whom Sir John has taken into his household. Exercising the broad magisterial powers of the era, the judge investigates the death of wealthy Lord Richard Goodhope, who was discovered shot through the head, gun at his feet, behind the locked door of his library. Though the initial finding is suicide, Jeremy notices a clue that points to murder, a conclusion bolstered by the findings of surgeon Gabriel Donnelly. The investigation of Lord Richard's dissolute life, including extramarital affairs and gambling forays (sometimes shared with his Jamaica-based half-brother during his visits to London), seems to lead nowhere until Sir John commands all interested parties to gather at the murder scene, where he engineers a shocking solution to the crime. Lively characters, vivid incidents, clever plotting and a colorful setting make for a robust series kickoff from Alexander, a pseudonymous "well-known author of fiction and nonfiction."
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From School Library Journal
YA?In the rough-and-tumble world of London in 1768, Jeremy, orphaned at the age of 13, is rescued from the streets by Sir John Fielding, a prominent judge who is known for his uncanny ability to dispense justice and ferret out evidence even though he is blind. Jeremy becomes Fielding's errand boy and assistant and helps him investigate the murder of Lord Goodhope, a man with many enemies. The complicated story is told by Jeremy as he remembers the case many years later. Details of the time period are accurate, including the personage of Sir John himself and the formation of the Bow Street Police. The narrator's wit, curiosity, and youthful energy make it easy for YAs to identify with him. However, the cover is drab, which may discourage young people from choosing the novel on their own.?Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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HAVING OFTEN BEEN ASKED TO COMMIT TO PRINT THESE memories of my association with the late Sir John Fielding, the celebrated magistrate of the Bow Street Court, I now set pen to paper for the first time, determined not merely to illuminate the feats of detection for which he is so justly renowned, but also to set forth those prodigious qualities of character that enabled him to accomplish them. Read the first page
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Alexander writes well, unremarkably, in a manner which calls no stylistic attention to itself. His setting, though not exactly untrodden in fiction, comes agreeably to life.
In Blind Justice, the young orphan Jeremy Proctor comes to London after his father's tragic death in the pillory, and becomes a protege of the blind magistrate Sir John Fielding (based on a historical personage). Fielding is certainly an original and appealing character, and the author never forgets to work his blindness realistically into the story. Proctor becomes involved in helping Fielding solve the murder of one Lord Goodhope. The plot moves along pretty well, though there's a hackneyed "drawing-room" scene at the end. I like my historical fiction a little grittier than this somewhat "nice" portrayal, and Alexander has an unfortunate tendency to tell rather than show.
I found this reasonably entertaining and it's worth noting that the third in the series, Watery Grave (I haven't yet read the second installment) is an improvement.
The principal character is Sir John Fielding, the blindfolded sightless justice, whose condition and whose ideals indeed enable us to see him as the living personification of "Justice" (traditionally blindfolded) but who is, in his own way, more clear-sighted than anyone else.
And the narrator through whose perspective we hear the story is plucky 13 year-old Jeremy Proctor of Stoke Poges, who flees his home town after a family tragedy, to find what appears to be his destiny as Sir John's ward, his eyes, his investigator, and his Watsonian-like sounding board.
Quite an accomplishment for a 13 year-old but then, how many 13 year-olds TODAY (for that matter, how many adults)are familiar with the works of Voltaire and Shakespeare, as Jeremy is?
Because this is historical fiction, the author, as might be expected, introduces us to some actual historical figures as the actor David Garrick and the author/solicitor James Boswell. He makes them as real as the characters that he has created out of his imagination.
And equally real is 18th Century London and Covent Garden, the stomping grounds of both Jeremy and his guardian. Although Jeremy is the narrator, we often are treated to Sir John's perspective of his surroundings.
This is a particularly clever and entertaining "touch" on the part of the author, Bruce Alexander. Sir John can only perceive Covent Garden through his senses of sound and smell, and as is often the case with the blind, these senses are particularly well-developed to compensate for the loss of the other. ("You who have sight are often so wasteful of your other senses," Sir John remonstrates on one occasion).Read more ›
The plot summary of "Blind Justice" you can read here, so I won't go into it again, other than to say that young Jeremy travels to London following his father's tragic death to seek his way in the world as a printer. Mistaken for a thief and falsely accused, Jeremy is brought before Magistrate Sir John Fielding's Bow Street court, proves his innocence and is made a ward of the court by none other than Sir John himself, a character who actually existed (he was the brother of Henry Fielding - author of the famous novel "Tom Jones" - and the man responsible for the founding of the Bow Street Runners, London's very first police force.) Not long after this, the body of Lord Goodhope is found shot dead in a locked library, and thus begins a partnership that is both inspiring and highly entertaining.
I am now reading the fifth book in the series, "Jack, Knave and Fool", having finished "Blind Justice", "Murder In Grub Street", "Watery Grave" and "Person or Persons Unknown" one right behind the other. I can say with complete sincerity that each book brings a new and suspenseful plot combined with the author's superior eye for the details of the period. Mr.Read more ›
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Much of the plot is told in the brief synopsis of the book, and in other reviews, so there is no need to go into this here. Read morePublished on June 5 2011 by Dave and Joe
Bruce Alexander's(psuedonym of the late Bruce Cook) "Blind Justice" read in some ways like a Golden Age mystery, with characters that are not as they seem, and a very... Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Peter LaPrade
Good fun historical fiction mystery. Not as weighty as Follet's Pillars of the Earth, but doesn't need to be. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
Bruce Alexander kicks off his mystery series about 18th century London magistrate Sir John Fielding with this 1994 novel. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2003 by Richard R
I was given this book as a present by a good friend, who had not read Bruce Alexander's books herself, but had had them highly recommended. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2002
This is really a good book. I've read all the books in the series but this one is still my favorite. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2001 by C. Upthegrove
I am actually reading the fifth book in this series. I felt the need to come back and write about the first book. I read about this book but never picked it up until much later on. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2001 by Brian Siegel
First off I have to admit I really like books written in the style of period fiction. Since I don't own a time machine this is a close as I'll get to visiting London during the... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2001 by C. Upthegrove