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Mr. Timothy

by Louis Bayard

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Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2003
    400 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Tiny Tim is back! No, not the squeaky-voiced troubadour who tip-toed through tulips in the 1960s, but the original--Timothy Cratchit, the crutch-wielding tyke from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Only now he's a "mostly able-bodied" 23 years old, resides in a London whorehouse in exchange for tutoring the madam, struggles to wean himself from financial dependence on his ancient "Uncle" Ebenezer Scrooge, and, as we learn in Louis Bayard's darkly enchanting historical thriller, Mr. Timothy, is haunted by the spirit of his late father--a man whose optimism and strength the son feels himself incapable of imitating.

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"Bayard has crafted a page-turner of a thriller that is elevated beyond its genre " - Publishers Weekly.

"If you have not had your fill of ghost-ridden heroes, needy orphans, and foggy nights in cobblestone streets, this sequel - with its breakneck plot, colorful characters, and the reappearance of Scrooge and the Cratchits - will fill the bill." - Library Journal.

"[A] clever premise and smartly detailed prose manage to offset the disappointment of this tale's forced excitement. " - Kirkus Reviews.

"Bayard creates several clever ligatures to Dickens's original text...when it evokes the original, it's with a sly twist." - Washington Post.

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Janet

Not worth my time
I had to read this for my Book Club. It seems the author had an idea for a story and came up with the Tiny Tim aspect on the back end to try to catch your attention. I cannot recomment it.

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Louis Bayard Author Biography

Louis Bayard is a New York Times Notable Book author and has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed young-adult title Lucky Strikes. He lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches at George Washington University.

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