A major precursor of the modern mystery novel – with multiple narrators, a reconstruction of the crime, red herrings and a 'locked-room' puzzle – The Moonstone sets out the tale of a large Indian diamond that carries a terrible curse.
When Rachel Verinder is given the Moonstone for her birthday, its theft at her party triggers a series of increasingly horrific events that seem set to ruin everyone she loves. In this classic of the Victorian sensation genre, only Sergeant Cuff's famous detective skills offer a glimpse of hope for the diamond's helpless victims.
About the Author
Wilkie Collins (1824-89) was a prolific novelist, playwright and short-story writer. Born into a family of artists, in later life the writer of thirty novels and lifelong friend of Charles Dickens became addicted to opium, which he took to help relieve the severe pain of 'rheumatic gout', a form of arthritis. He began to suffer from paranoia and hallucinations, including the presence of a 'subjective doppelganger' he named Ghost Wilkie, and the drug plays a prominent part in The Moonstone. The Woman in White is also published in the Penguin English Library.
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 4th May 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 19.7