- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (Nov. 1 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425150070
- ISBN-13: 978-0425150078
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #381,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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."
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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. Alexander makes Georgian-era London as visible to the mind's eye as accurately as any photograph might have - the markets, the bawds on the street, the scamps and thieves and the high-and-low born people who pass through Sir John's court are most memorable and oftentimes quite humorous. The regular characters evolve well throughout the series and young Jeremy is a most reliable and mature narrator.
Start your trip through Georgian London with Sir John and Master Jeremy Proctor in "Blind Justice" and, once you do, you'll be picking up the second installment, "Murder In Grub Street", soon enough.
Now, as far as I know the case of Sir Richard Goodhope's murder--or was it suicide?--is not a real case plucked from the 17th century courts. However, it is a case that could well have happened. Alexander steeps his story in period details like the Drury Lane theater, shopping for groceries in Convent Garden, and slipping through the filthy corridors of Newgate. Throughout the story Fielding and Jeremy are in hot pursuit through the streets of London as they close in on Goodhope's murderer.
The plot had lots of twists and turns, and it kept me engaged all the way until the end. Alexander's mysteries are thick with sub-plots but he managed to tie each one to the larger story. As an avid reader of Anne Perry, I encourage you to give these stories set in an earlier--and possibly even grimier--London a try!