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"Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man." Philip Pullman begins his Sally Lockhart trilogy with a bang in The Ruby in the Smoke--a fast-paced, finely crafted thriller set in a rogue- and scalawag-ridden Victorian London. His 16-year-old heroine has no time for the usual trials of adolescence: her father has been murdered, and she needs to find out how and why. But everywhere she turns, she encounters new scoundrels and secrets. Why do the mere words "seven blessings" cause one man to keel over and die at their utterance? Who has possession of the rare, stolen ruby? And what does the opium trade have to do with it?
As our determined and intelligent sleuth sets her mind to unraveling these dark mysteries, she learns how embroiled she is in the whole affair. As riveting and witty as the sensational "penny dreadfuls" of Victorian England (but thousands of times better written), Pullman's trilogy (including The Shadow in the North and The Tiger in the Well) will have readers on the edges of their seats. Ruby is an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. (Ages 12 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Pullman's Victorian melodrama boasts a sufficiency of mystery, murder and hairbreadth escapes involving a big cast of honest and ignoble types. "On a cold, fretful afternoon in early October 1872," the story begins, young Sally Lockhart is in London where she tries to find out the meaning of "the Seven Blessings." The phrase appears in a message from her recently deceased father, drowned in the South China Sea. When a colleague of her father hears the words, he dies instantly of a heart attack. That event marks the start of crises that go on with no let-up in the colorful Dickensian tale. Sally's legacy, supposedly a fantastic ruby, is nowhere to be found. A gang of cutthroats pursue the girl and her loyal allies, as the story sweeps on to a resounding close.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Ruby in the Smoke is one of those books I've been meaning to read, but somehow, always missed. Philip Pullman, one of all time favourite authors, clearly has a huge following... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dan Thompson, Author
after reading other Pullman books - these Sally Lockhart stories are a bit disappointing.Published 2 months ago by Toodles
A good read, strong women character, the plot never drags. Kind of a combination of Dickens, Sherlock Holmes, and Nancy Drew. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Theresa May
I know Mr Pullman thinks he is superior to such writers as Tolkien, CS Lewis, Enid Blyton... who didn't need to use swearing... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Fillyjonk
A gift for my niece who loved it - but I had read it previously and loved it too. An unforgettable story and never ages!Published on August 18, 2013 by L Kirby
Riveting, exciting and creative. My 10 yo loves it. Pullman is a great writer. This is complex enough to be a bit challenging, but light enough to be fun and engaging.Published on June 26, 2013 by mteague
I read the preview, and was intrigued by the plot, but wasn't sure it was enough to get through all the extra fluff he puts in there. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by mpj7
Phillip Pullman presents a beguiling story of beauty, poise, ruby, stolen opium, craftiness, the British Seal, and chilling deaths. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Yvette Sheron Mingo