Person or Persons Unknown (Sir John Fielding Series #4)

Person or Persons Unknown (Sir John Fielding Series #4)

by Bruce Alexander

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John Fielding was famous not only as cofounder of London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners, but also as a magistrate of keen intellect, fairness and uncommon detective ability. What made this all the remarkable was that he was blind. Now with his young assistant and ward, Jeremy Proctor, Fielding faces a series of crimes that hit shockingly close to home. Prostitutes are being murdered around Covent Garden, and Fielding devises a daring and desperate plan to find the culprit. However, the consequences are unexpected—and more terrible than even Fielding could imagine.

“Historical fiction done this entertainingly is as close to time travel as we’re likely to get.” – Newsday

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425165669
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/1998
Series: Sir John Fielding Series , #4
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 530,372
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Bruce Alexander is the pseudonym for a well-known author of fiction and nonfiction. The books in his series include Blind Justice; Murder in Grub Street (named by the New York Times Book Review as a notable book in 1995); Watery Grave; Person or Persons Unknown (named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best novels of 1997); Jack, Knave and Fool; and Death of a Colonial.

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Person or Persons Unknown (Sir John Fielding Series #4) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
prettysinister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the better historical detective character series. Alexander not only has done extensive research he has mastered a kind of prose style that only enhances the period flavor. There is none of the intrusive wise acre dialogue that I feel so often mars this subgenre. Although there is the use of a copycat killer motif in the book (something extremely contemporary in crime) there is no anachronistic modern pop psychology to explain the behavior of killers ¿ ideologies that would never dawn upon people living in the 18th century. I have to admit that this has an amazingly similar idea to a movie called Murder by Decree about the Ripper slayings in Victorian era London and therefore I was not at all surprised by the "twist" at the end when one of the bloodthirsty murderers is captured. Alexander's characters make the book well worth reading for fans of historical mysteries who enjoy true period flavor extending to the writing itself. I intend to seek out the other titles in this brief series. Sadly, Alexander died in 2003 and his final book was completed by another writer and posthumously published in 2005.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
#4 in the Sir John Fielding series, Person or Persons Unknown left me feeling kind of flat and unsatisfied. Up to now, I've been very happy with this series but this one just seemed kind of blah. I know, I know...a LOT of people have given this one a big huzzah but I calls 'em as I sees 'em. This does not mean I won't finish the other books I have in this series, au contraire. It just means that this one wasn't (imho) as good as the others.Very brief synopsis, no spoilers: Several prostitutes have been found murdered in Covent Garden. No one has seen anything, nor are there any real clues. Jeremy Proctor, Fielding's teenaged assistant, takes more of an active role in helping to find the killer, putting himself in jeopardy more than once to help catch the murderer.This one was truly less mystery and I must say, I was not at all pleased with the conclusion. A) I had figured out part of it (which isn't so bad, but it was soooo obvious) and B) The other part was so out of left field that it really threw me. You'll understand when you read it -- I can't really divulge any secrets.Overall, this one had more of a personal feel, meaning that personalities really came out in this one more so than in any of the previous books. While that's not always a bad thing, normally this author really rides the mystery pretty hard and I just didn't feel that to be the case this time. Oh well. I have several more in this series and will definitely not let this one stop me from proceeding. Who would like this book? Well, I'd say that people who are following the series should definitely read it; if you're into historical mystery then you will also probably enjoy it. I'm tough to please as far as mysteries go, and I'm probably being a bit overcritical, considering how many reviewers here and elsewhere gave it higher marks than I.