The Law and the Lady

Wilkie Collins - Author

David Skilton - Editor

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ISBN 9780140436075 | 496 pages | 01 Jun 1999 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Despite the grave misgivings of both their families, Valeria Brinton and Eustace Woodville are married. But before long the new bride begins to suspect a dark secret in her husband's past and when she discovers that he has been living under a false name, she determines to find out why he is concealing his true identity from her. Soon she must endure an even greater shock: the revelation that her husband has been on trial for poisoning his first wife. Convinced of his innocence, Valeria is prepared to do anything to clear her husband's name, and in so doing upturns the conventions of polite nineteenth century society.
‘The contemporary “thriller” is in danger of becoming stereotyped … The resources of Wilkie Collins are, in comparison, inexhaustible’ T. S. Eliot

‘The spectacle of a mental breakdown … provides the best suspense of the novel’, writes David Skilton. ‘After Freud and R. D. Laing modern readers assume they know the answer, and are fascinated to witness the way in which the nineteenth century will solve a twentieth-century problem’.