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    • Publication date:14 May 2009
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Instruments of Darkness

By Imogen Robertson

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Sold to Pamela Dorman Books/Viking US in a significant six-figure two-book deal

'Makes you want to read every word...serpentine and satisfying' Telegraph

Thornleigh Hall, seat of the Earl of Sussex, dominates its surroundings. Its heir is missing, and the once vigorous family is reduced to a cripple, his whore and his alcoholic second son, but its power endures.
Impulsive Harriet Westerman has felt the Hall's menace long before she happens upon a dead man bearing the Thornleigh arms. The grim discovery cries out for justice, and she persuades reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther to her cause, much against his better judgement; he knows a dark path lies before those who stray from society's expectations. That same day, Alexander Adams is killed in a London music shop, leaving his young children orphaned. His death will lead back to Sussex, and an explosive secret that has already destroyed one family and threatens many others.

Biographical Notes

Imogen Robertson is a TV, film and radio director. She studied Russian and German at Cambridge, and now lives in London. She directs the hit Cbeebies show Numberjacks for TV and radio, for which she won an RTS award in 2006. She also writes and reviews poetry and was commended in The National Poetry Competition 2005. She won the Telegraph's 'First thousand words of a novel' competition in 2007 with the opening of Instruments of Darkness.

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  • ISBN: 9780755371983
  • Publication date: 01 Apr 2010
  • Page count: 448
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'Poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel' — Tess Gerritsen
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