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Two years on from the events of Dodger, Jack Dawkins is back as top-sawyer with his own gang of petty thieves from Seven Dials. But crime in London has become a serious business – and when Jack needs protection he soon finds himself out of his depth and facing the gallows for murder.
I absolutely adored the first book in this series where we were introduced once more to The Artful Dodger of Charles Dickens fame so I was looking forward to the sequel very much and was not disappointed.
The story comes into its own in this instalment, Mr Benmore managing to recreate the atmosphere and ambience of the original storytelling but giving it a modern day twist and sense of humour that whilst keeping the heart of the original firmly in place allows for a more contemporary and current readership. Cleverly done and absolutely addictive.
I was absolutely delighted to see Oliver Twist himself back in action this time round – older and wiser, one of the best parts of this story for me was the reaquaintance of these two well loved characters – and once again of course the London of the times is brought back to life in a very real way. The prison scenes are especially evocative and the sense of time and place is absolutely terrific.
I both laughed and cried at this, ALWAYS the sign of a great book for me and the plot is intelligent and compels you onwards all the way – I barely put it down from start to finish. Jack Dawkins and Co are in safe hands here – I wish them many more adventures. Preferably fairly quickly – as far as pure escaspism goes this is perfect reading. If you are a fan of the original story you will love these, if you have never picked up a Charles Dickens novel in your life this may well encourage you to do so.
Overall a most terrific read and one that definitely comes highly recommended from me.
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