Updale, Eleanor. Montmorency: thief, liar, gentleman?

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

UPDALE, Eleanor. Montmorency: thief, liar, gentleman? Scholastic. 233p. c2003. 0-439-58036-6. $5.99. JS*

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2004: Badly injured while running away from the police, a thief in Victorian London is saved by a doctor interested in trying out new surgical techniques on him. Dubbed "Montmorency," the name on the tool bag he was clutching when caught, the recovered thief survives the treatment, goes off to prison and ponders his life of crime--he's determined to do it better next time. Dragged about to scientific meetings to display the surgeon's

handiwork, Montmorency picks up useful information about London's brand-new sewer system and realizes that these underground tunnels offer a thief a new way of getting away unseen. On his release from prison, he takes advantage of the sewer system to steal much more successfully, and establishes a double life for himself as a wealthy gentleman and his working class servant while police search in vain for a daring burglar. A posh new friend gets an inkling of his real...

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