The Bedlam Detective

The Bedlam Detective

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Madmen see monsters - and monsters hide in plain sight
 
From a basement office in London's notorious Bethlehem Hospital, Sebastian Becker investigates wealthy eccentrics whose dubious mental health may render them unable to manage their own affairs. His interview with rich landowner Sir Owain Lancaster, whose sanity has been in question since a disastrous scientific adventure in the Amazon killed his family and colleagues, coincides with the disappearance of two young local girls. When the children are found slain, Lancaster claims that the same dark forces that devastated his family have followed him home. It is not the first time that children have come to harm in his rural countryside town, though few are willing to speak of incidents from the past. Becker must determine whether this mad nobleman is insane and a murderer, or if some even more sinister agency is at work.
   Struggling on his small salary, and with unexpected help from a son who needs special care, Becker and his wife make sacrifices so Becker can stay on the case after an innocent man is convicted of the crime. The answers he seeks may be found with the assistance of the local investigator and a young suffragette who fled Arnmouth, but couldn't flee the horrors she encountered there. 
   From dank asylums to the lush and treacherous Amazon, through the makeshift studios of the early film industry and a traveling fair of freaks and illusions, Sebastian Becker's search for answers brings him face to face with madmen and monsters, both imagined and real. Confronting immense danger in his hunt for the truth, he will explore murder, tragedy, and the tempestuous depths of his own mind. 
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780307406644
Branch Call Number: GAL
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 25 cm

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cmlibrary_jrobinson Jul 05, 2016

This enthralling novel moves along at a good pace until it reaches an unforeseen climax.

MemosInStilettos Nov 18, 2012

An enjoyable mystery although I felt the ending was weak and the extracts from other works a little distracting and irrelevant to the story.

LaimaA Aug 12, 2012

This was a great detective mystery with quite a bit of relevant historical information which added positively to the story rather than bog it down. Entertaining stuff.

dachsie Jul 08, 2012

I quite enjoyed this book--lots of historical detail and very visual. I wonder if Stephen Gallagher knows someone with Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for his description of Robert is perfect. It was a good mystery that I read over two days and would like to read more mysteries solved by The Bedlam Detective.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Jun 02, 2012

Interesting read. Lots of historical ambiance. Enjoyable. Worth picking up if you like historical mysteries.

BakerStreetIrregular Apr 17, 2012

Still not sure how I feel about this book. After completing it I couldn't say whether I enjoyed it or not. The plot wasn't all that compelling and the characters weren't that like-able either. Still, once I started reading it I had to know the solution to the mystery.

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