Monday, April 27, 2009
Six Degrees of Separation in London
Title: London Bridges
By: Jane Stevenson
An affectionate homage to the classic English detective story, London Bridges is set in 1990s London. Its plot centers on a treasure lost in the Blitz and newly discovered by an unscrupulous lawyer, who is tempted by greed into a series of crimes leading to murder. A diverse cast of characters assembles to confound him, including a charming and flamboyant gay classicist in hot pursuit of a sixth-century homoerotic poem he hopes will revive his flagging career, a young Indian lawyer fighting British prejudices of race and class, and a very nice dog named Alice. The main character, lovingly depicted, is London itself, in all its rich variety. Among the novel's themes are the rewards of friendship and community, the imperatives of both preservation and change, and the intertwining, with unexpected effects, of lives in a great city.
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