Victor Frankenstein begins his anatomy experiments in a barn in the secluded village of Headington, near Oxford.
The coroner's office provides the corpses he needs - but they have often died by violent means and are damaged and putrifying.
Victor moves his coils and jars and electrical fluids to a deserted pottery manufactury in Limehouse. And, from Limehouse, makes contact with the Doomesday Men - the resurrectionists.
Victor pays better than any hospital for the bodies of the very recently dead.
Even so, perfect specimens are hard to come by... until that Thames-side dawn when Victor, waiting, wrapped in his greatcoat, on his wooden jetty, hears the splashing of oars and sees in the half-light that slung into the stern of the approaching boat is the corpse of a handsome young man, one hand trailing in the water....
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/04/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099524137