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by Anthony O'Neill

  • Author: Anthony O'Neill
  • ISBN: 0743243498
  • ISBN13: 978-0743243490
  • ePub: 1373 kb | FB2: 1588 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (February 25, 2003)
  • Pages: 320
  • Rating: 4.1/5
  • Votes: 202
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The Lamplighter: A Novel ePub download

The lamplighter: a novel. Anthony O’Neill is the son of an Irish policeman and an Australian stenographer. He was born in Melbourne and lives in Edinburgh. Библиографические данные.

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The Lamplighter book. An atmospheric thriller set in nineteenth-century Edinburgh, Anthony O'Neill's elegant, darkly masterful novel is full of psychological suspense and first-rate horror

The Lamplighter book. An atmospheric thriller set in nineteenth-century Edinburgh, Anthony O'Neill's elegant, darkly masterful novel is full of psychological suspense and first-rate horror. Evelyn is a clever orphan at the Fountainbridge Institute for Destitute Girls.

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Anthony O'Neill, who was born in Melbourne Australia in 1964 is a writer of.

Anthony O'Neill, who was born in Melbourne Australia in 1964 is a writer of fiction. O'Neill's father was a policeman and his mother from whom he inherited a 'rich strain of Scottish blood'was a stenographer. Educated at the Christian Brothers College in St Kilda, he went straight into the workforce after school and devoted himself  . While novels such as the Empire of Eternity and The Lamplighter are rather serious and somber in tone, the Unscratchables is extremely funny and The Dark Side is blackly humorous throughout.

Murder and Mystery in 19th Century Edinburgh. com User, December 25, 2004. Anthony O'Neill displays his great gift for story-telling by transporting the reader back to 19th Century Edinburgh. The Lamplighter" conjures up images of granite tenement blocks, steep steps and twisting alleys. It is easy to lose yourself in this smokey city with its fog and dimly lit streets.

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An atmospheric thriller set in nineteenth-century Edinburgh, Anthony O'Neill's elegant, darkly masterful novel is full of psychological suspense and first-rate horror. Enchanted by a cheerful lamplighter who fires the streetlamp outside her window each evening, she mesmerizes the other girls with flights of fancy.

It is Edinburgh, 1886, and someone or something of fearsome brutality and strength is killing distinguished citizens and spreading alarm. The book is handsomely presented, and I was not distracted by a single typographical error. HarperCollins has served its author well.

An atmospheric thriller set in nineteenth-century Edinburgh, Anthony O'Neill's elegant, darkly masterful novel is full of psychological suspense and first-rate horror. Evelyn is a clever orphan at the Fountainbridge Institute for Destitute Girls. Enchanted by a cheerful lamplighter who fires the streetlamp outside her window each evening, she mesmerizes the other girls with flights of fancy. In a time before Freudian awareness of sexuality and the subconscious mind, such tales are forbidden by the institute's governor, who warns Evelyn to cease her nocturnal storytelling. Evelyn defies him -- and is cast out of the orphanage and sacrificed to a shadowy figure claiming to be her long-lost father. Who is this man, and why does he lock Evelyn away in a hunting lodge? Years later, the mutilated body of a professor of ecclesiastical law turns up on one of Edinburgh's finest streets; the grave of a famous colonel is ravaged; a shady entrepreneur is slaughtered while dashing for a train; and a retired lighthouse keeper is ripped to shreds while walking his dog -- all this after Evelyn, now a young woman, has reappeared in the city. What connects the victims? And what of Evelyn, anguished and appealing, who repeatedly claims to have dreamed the murders in great detail -- each time blaming a mysterious "lamplighter"? Leading the official investigation is Carus Groves, a conceited yet effective police inspector desperate to cap his unremarkable career with a sensational case. Heading up the unofficial investigation is a disillusioned professor of logic and metaphysics, Thomas McKnight, and his assistant, Joseph Canavan, a strapping young gravedigger. Using reason, intuition, philosophy, and luck, these men race to solve the murders and unveil the source of Evelyn's torment, and in so doing penetrate the very gates of Hell.
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The Lamplighter, a novel by Anthony O'Neill, published in 2003 is a gothic, tall tale about a vibrant, bustling, progressive-minded community in 19th century industrial-age Edinburgh, Scotland. The devil of a "bad influence" moves into the neighborhood, and local residents try everything within their power and everything they can think of in order to evict the responsible tenants. Eventually, they do, but at what steep tariff? The very foundation of their deeply-held beliefs, their towering faith and firm resolve has been shaken and put to the test in the process.
A scant generation later, during this "age of enlightenment," several seriously vicious and deadly crimes begin to haunt the humble and normally peaceful, law-abiding inhabitants, disrupting their otherwise tranquil lives. Chaos reigns in the city, as more of the crimes occur, and the murders continue to baffle the police and terrify the citizens. Not super-heroes in any way, shape or form, three unlikely detectives match wits against a most formidable adversary. They band together in a tacitly accepted alliance and take up the challenge to unmask the mysterious presence lurking in the fog and in the shadows. They embark on a search and destroy mission one cold, dark night in a gallant attempt to save the city from its plight, in what must appear to be an epic battle of good versus evil. But in the end, the results they have achieved all seem to point to a big, long philosophical argument that they have perpetuated among themselves while attempting to solve a "cold case" and bring the instigators to justice. Have they uncovered a conspiracy of religion, psychology, and medicine?
Exactly, what has R. Royce gotten himself into this time? At present, he has become the sole owner and exclusive, authorized dealer for a treasure trove of valuable ornaments and unusual artifacts in the form of a baker's dozen of "knock-off" hand-painted porcelain eggs. At first glance, from the outside, you see the bright, shiny, colorful shell of an ordinary hard-boiled Easter egg. But, if you were to key and crack one open, then look inside, you would be dazzled, tantalized, and mesmerized by the marvelous diorama display of truly magnificent and unique, highly-crafted, artistic design features. The contents of each unassuming egg reveal an antiquity in miniature made of precious gold, platinum, and fine, rare jewels not seen anywhere else in the world. Each one, priceless and fit for the ruler of an empire--if, indeed, authentic; that is, the genuine article.
So, how has this incredible turn of events come to pass? One day, a certain Mr. K. Cobb having a sterling international reputation, but considered somewhat of a rogue and eclectic, placed a styrofoam insulated carton of these eggs in the back of a locked, secured, and well-lighted glass display case, away from prying eyes, which was situated in a booth-space which he stocked with the cluttered odd assortment of various dusty antique glassware, wooden furniture, and vintage collectibles, and rented from a local flea market vendor.
Unbeknownst to the vendor, however, while he could have sold any number of the eggs to a "valued" customer for $199 each; generally, a cost-prohibitive amount to pay to the "average" buyer, for such a so-called generic enamel-painted ceramic egg placed on a dull lead-weight pedestal, Cobb on the other hand would sell the corresponding catalog-egg key to the "knowledgeable" buyer for close to a hundred thousand dollars, made payable in advance in cash directly to he, himself. In theory, it was a win-win business deal all the way around for such quality merchandise.
Except, unbeknownst to Mr. Cobb, one of the eggs also contained a tiny nested blue porcelain Robin's egg, into which was secreted an even tinier memory chip, which held the digital file of a treasure map, readily downloadable to pc. The map would lead adventurers to a lost, buried national treasure of real, genuinely priceless Faberge eggs, as once commissioned by Tsar Alexander, and spirited away by some of his more conservative and enterprising decendants, who shall forever remain anonymous. So, how did R. Royce become involved in a caper of such great magnitude?
An avid junk collector, who thinks that he "knows a good bargain when he sees one," walked into the shop unannounced that very same afternoon, and purchased the egg that contained the egg that contained the map. Later, in the privacy of his own home, he cracked them both open without the benefit of a key. You might say he took a wild chance on the item, then, and had it evaluated by a qualified "Antiques Road Show" appraiser for a confirmed estimate of its true worth. Afterwards, he found a trustworthy buyer through a broker, who turned out--lo and behold--to be the very same, inimitable Mr. Korn Cobb. Like they say in the business world, "What goes around, comes around."
Royce modestly stated afterwards, "I don't necessarily get paid for what I do, but I do get paid for what I know."
Frlas
It is not often that one picks out what appears to be an interesting work of genre serial killer suspense and discovers that the author has made a real effort write much more that simple, entertaining fair. In fact, I'll start right out by warning the reader that, if you are looking for lots of blood and bits, this is not the book for you. Instead, it is something else entirely.
Set in late Nineteenth Century Edinburgh, the surface story is about a series of catastrophically violent crimes that happen so quickly that witnesses are unable to describe the killer. Two groups of investigators are drawn into the crimes. The police are involved, of course, in the person of acting Chief Inspector Carus Groves. He is a man whose experience is limited to mundane crimes, and whose imagination is limited to a suspicious and self-centered nature. The other team consists of Thomas McKnight (ex-professor of logic and metaphysics) and Joseph Canavan an ex-graveyard watchman.
Groves is a tumult of action, often pointless, and a stream of suspicions that get in his way more often than not. He is driven by his desire to succeed in a truly notable case, which will be a fitting cap for his memoirs. McKnight and Canavan, representing both doubt and belief, carry their research out in the ethereal world of the mind. The murders become a metaphor for the nature of the creative imagination and the power of both the mind and the spirit.
In between these two is Evelyn Todd, a young woman whose past is marred by a dark secret. One that ties the victims together in a strange cabal that has echoes the religious brainwashing of the past few decades. Suspicion falls on her, even though the crimes are bestial, and clearly beyond her capacity. There is no question that she, and her dreams, are somehow central to the mystery, but each investigator sees the truth though a glass of his own making.
The real truth, if one may call it that, is far stranger than anyone's suspicions. The players re-enact a Dantesque journey into the imagination, in search of a redemption that comes unexpectedly, much as the murderer did. We are treated not simply to a murder mystery, but also to a wry and unique vision of the nature of evil. O'Neill does this in such a fashion that the intellectual dialogue never bogs down the narrative pace, and with a fine sensitivity to the power of language.
Dagdalas
When I bought this book quite a few years ago, I expected an average, readable historic mystery. As it happens I was completely off the mark. " The Lamplighter" is richlu textured gothic novel. Mr. O'Neill has a beautiful turn of phrase and a wicked sense of humor to go with it.This tragic and bloody story set in 1880's Edinburgh needs both.The plot is a mixture of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.
Bloody, supernatural murders , religious fanaticism, Victorian orphanages, damsel in distress. And all of these cliches given an original spin and freshness. I am very happy I misjudged this book by its cover a while ago, and that I stumbled upon it recently.It was a nice surprise.
Undeyn
I found that the plot and some of the characters were a bit weird. At times I wasn't sure what the police detective was trying to accomplish and he came off as extremely insecure.
Laizel
Christmas gift for my sister. She is looking forward to reading it!
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