A masterful and highly entertaining novel from the winner of the Guardian Book Prize and the Whitbread Prize.
About the book
On the 7th of February 1829 the notorious Irish mass murderer and 'resurrectionist' William Hare (of Burke and Hare infamy) was freed from a Scottish gaol, put on a coach to Carlisle, left on the roadside there and subsequently disappeared from human view as if he had never existed. His fellow conspirator and provider of fresh 'meat' for the Edinburgh surgeons' operating tables had earlier been hanged, but fearing the mob's vengeance, the authorities had freed Hare hoping he would vanish for ever, little knowing that his name along with the nature of his terrible crimes would reverberate and live on even if his subsequent history did not.Seeking Mr Hare takes up the story where our pariah flees his past through the Northern English countryside and finally across to Ireland. Joining forces with Hannah, a young mute farm-girl, on the way, the pair travel from one adventure in survival to the next, all the while pursued by Percy Speed, a retired London enquiry agent hired by his noble employer to track down a life-mask of Hare for his private cabinet of curiosities.However when Lord Beckford loses interest in the quest, Speed doggedly carries on, determined to come face to face with his cunning and elusive quarry, no matter what the quest costs and where it leads him.
Ireland's best living novelist
Perhaps the finest Irish novelist of his generation
Entertaining ... the narrative is lively and continuously interesting and full of incident ... engaging, inventive, assured in manner, deft in arrangement
Skilfully interwoven by the veteran novelist from Northern Ireland, who conjures up a series of vivid and dramatic scenes ... impressive
Deft and verbally inventive