"Steer readers with even an ounce of squeamishness (or, for that matter, self respect) to Kathleen Karr's similarly themed but less graphic Skullduggery (2000). (Historical fiction. YA)"
Pandering to audiences that relish historical fiction slathered with filth and suffering, Welsh pits an orphaned beggar lad with a shattered leg and some martial-arts training against a pair of genial body snatchers in the employ of a prominent doctor who likes to molest girls and infect kidnapped children with cholera in the name of scientific discovery.
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