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It is 1868, the week that Benjamin Disraeli becomes Prime Minister
of the Empire. Sherlock''s beautiful but poor admirer, Beatrice,
the hatter''s daughter, appears at the door late at night. She is
terrified, claiming that she and her friend have just been attacked
by the Spring Heeled Jack on Westminster Bridge and the fiend has
made off with her friend. At first Sherlock thinks Beatrice simply
wants his attention, and he is reluctant to go back to detective
work. He also believes that the Jack everyone fears is a fictional
figure. But soon he is suspicious of various individuals, several
of them close friends.
Set at a time when many in England were in a state of fear because
a Jew was running the country, Shane Peacock presents a compelling
story filled with an atmosphere of paranoia and secrets and
surprises played out on late-night London streets. Sherlock gets
drawn deeper and deeper into the pursuit of the Spring Heeled Jack,
whose attacks grow in number until it seems that there are Jacks
The Secret Fiend is the fourth book in Shane Peacock''s
award-winning Boy Sherlock Holmes series, combining brilliant
storytelling with fascinating historical detail and a mystery
worthy of one of the greatest sleuths in English literature.