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Little Guignol

The Trial of Elizabeth Cree: A Novel of the Limehouse Murders

by Peter Ackroyd
History, for Peter Ackroyd, is a puzzle for which the novel is a solution. The puzzle, broadly speaking, is coincidence; the solution, that there is no such thing as coincidence. For “Everything is part of everything‚ĶEverything is part of the pattern,” as a character in his novel First Light puts …