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440 pages, Hardcover
First published August 29, 2013
“Thanks for that,” George said, “I thought they were my best feature”.
“They are—that’s the tragedy of it.”
“Lovely summer evening, it was. She stood astride the crenulations, skirt flapping, silhouetted against a blood-red sky, while the servants tried to coax her back in with tea and seed cake. No good, of course.”
“What?” I said. “Saw what? Nothing happened.”
“Precisely. Where was HIS slap around the chops? Where was his firm shaking? There’re double standards at work here.”
"My view is: with you and
George on my team, nothing can stand in our way."
“Of the first few hauntings I investigated with Lockwood & Co. I intend to say little, in part to protect the identity of the victims, in part because of the gruesome nature of the incidents, but mainly because, in a variety of ingenious ways, we succeeded in messing them all up.”
"Okay," I hurried on. "But why me?"
"You're a girl," Lockwood called. "Aren't you supposed to be more sensitive?"
"To emotions, yes. To nuances of human behavior. Not necessarily to secret passages in a wall."
"Oh, it's much the same thing."