Dean Jobb's Reviews > Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime
Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime
Dean Jobb's review
Mar 10, 2019
Murder by the Book brilliantly recreates the 1840 murder of London aristocrat Lord William Russell by one of his servants, a case that ignited a debate over books and plays that glorified crimes and criminals. Claire Harman deftly exhumes this almost-forgotten tragedy and uses it to explore the line between depicting crime and exploiting it – a dilemma that writers, podcasters, and film and television producers grapple with to this day.
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