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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."
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
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