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Blind Justice [Mass Market Paperback]

Bruce Alexander
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April 15 2002 Sir John Fielding (Book 1)
Falsely charged of theft in 1768 London, thirteen-year-old Jeremy Proctor finds his only hope in Sir John Fielding, the founder of the Bow Street Runners police force, who recruits young Jeremy in his mission to fight crime. Reprint. K. NYT. PW.

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Justice, Unlike the Judge, Is Not Blind June 5 2011
By Dave and Joe TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. As both a disabled person and a disability activist, I am interested in how disability is used in fiction. Fielding was blind and his role here is fairly accurately portrayed. His disability is honestly presented and done so in a matter of fact manner - much as he probably dealt with it. His need for assistance and his determination for maximum independance - things that typify life for those of us with disabilities - is extraordinarily well done. There are two few characters with disabilities in fiction, this one adds to the list of those that are done well. A great read for those who like historical mysteries, a fantastic read for those who wish to learn more about disability in a historical context.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good start to historical series.. July 9 2004
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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 observant detective. The detective/hero in this novel is an actual historical figure Sir John Fielding(half-brother to the author of "Tom Jones"), who co-founded the Bow Street Runners, a small constablary that became Scotland Yard in the 1820s under Sir Robert Peel. The action here takes place in 1768 London, an uneasy era in British history due to the events that would take place in the next following years. A lord is found shot, but the narrator and Fielding's sidekick Jeremy Procter helps to rule out suicide. Soon, Fielding and Proctor discover that the lord was poisoned before being shot, and they find a secret passageway. Various events converge as Fielding(who was blind) lays a trap to catch the killer. Very good history, and OK prose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What it should be. Feb. 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Good fun historical fiction mystery. Not as weighty as Follet's Pillars of the Earth, but doesn't need to be. It is not timeless literature, but an engrossing adventure with great historical detail for added flavor. An excellent plane or beach read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start March 1 2003
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Bruce Alexander kicks off his mystery series about 18th century London magistrate Sir John Fielding with this 1994 novel. A good start, never particularly challenging or profound, it reads like a television program. Narrated by orphan boy Jeremy Proctor who becomes sidekick and vicarious eyes for the blind Fielding as they puzzle out a murder. The structure is classic mystery genre, Alexander gives us just enough clues to figure it out a few dozen pages in advance, but keeps a few cards hidden in the form of conversations that young Proctor doesn't hear, and thus can't narrate. The denouement is the classic Agatha Christie gather-em-all-in-the-library and dissect the crime from start to finish. It's an easy read and a fun page-turner.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible research blunders Aug. 27 2002
By A Customer
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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.
Well, I have got to page 31 of Blind Justice (no mystery yet -- and the mystery just might save the book) and have been stalled by horrendous historical blunders. Tuppenny pieces? Please! Tuppence was two pennies -- two coins. It is like someone writing about 2002 and having two-cent coins. Muslin sheets? Oh dear. Muslin was a fine, porous cloth used like cheesecloth today. (He probably meant linen.) And "tallow candle." Oh, very, very dear -- what a shame. Tallow -- sheep fat, was the cheapest lighting fuel available at the time. It was poured into dishes when melted, a wick thrust into it, and it was used by the poor for illumination. Alexander meant spermaceti candles, perhaps ...
Well, to please my friend, I will read on. But I hope the plot is a lot better than the historical background.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blind Justice Dec 31 2001
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This 18th-century mystery, set in London, struck me as being very cautious. The author certainly broke no taboos, and kept close to traditional, even sometimes hackneyed, mystery genre conventions. Nevertheless, it was readable and introduced interesting characters.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 10 stars! Sept. 30 2001
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The first I heard of Bruce Alexander was in an amazon.com e-mail about new mysteries where it told of his coming "Smuggler's Moon." The title was intriguing so I checked out his books and read an exerpt of one and ordered "Blind Justice," the first of his Sir John Fielding mysteries. I'll be ordering more! "Blind Justice" arrived late Friday afternoon and I finished it around midnight on Saturday. Alexander's characters are wonderful. Sir John Fielding and Jeremy Proctor are perfect together as they search out clues and find the perpetrator of the crime. All of the side characters are intriguing. The setting is great: about 1768 London. You really get the feel of the time. I would guess it's similar to Sherlock Holmes, but I've never felt pulled to read Conan Doyle. This has it all: Covent Garden, the Bow Street Runners, local pubs, courts, thieves and murderers, servants 'below stairs,' Lords and Ladies. The smell, taste, and feel of the time. Greed, cruelty, compassion. Nothing sappy or sugary. It's strong. It moves swiftly. It's totally engrossing without resorting to gratuitous violence or sex. An absolutely fabulous read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First in the Series
This is really a good book. I've read all the books in the series but this one is still my favorite. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2001 by C. Upthegrove
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING BOOK,FIRST OF A GREAT SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 more
Published on Aug. 28 2001 by Brian Siegel
4.0 out of 5 stars Fiction rings as true as history
This is a very entertaining historical murder mystery set in pre-Revolutionary War London.
The principal character is Sir John Fielding, the blindfolded sightless justice,... Read more
Published on June 15 2001 by Jack Maybrick
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent beginning to a wonderful series!
I stumbled on Bruce Alexander's series of novels concerning Sir John Fielding and his irrepressible assistant, young Jeremy Proctor, quite by accident one day as I was browsing... Read more
Published on May 14 2001 by Laura G. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars This is great period fiction
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 more
Published on Jan. 25 2001 by C. Upthegrove
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific historical mystery for people who love London
Bruce Alexander's Blind Justice is an ingenious mystery. At the center is Sir John Fielding--the blind magistrate who actually lived in 18th-century London and started the Bow... Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2001 by drdebs
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