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The Dazzle of the Light

(The third book in the Lizzie Hardwicke series)
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A sparkling new historical novel set in the 1920s, inspired by the notorious all-female crime syndicate known as the Forty Thieves who operated out of the slums of south London

Ruby Mills is ruthlessly ambitious, strikingly beautiful - and one of the Forty Thieves' most talented members.

Harriet Littlemore writes the women's section in a local newspaper. She's from a 'good' London family and engaged to an up-and-coming Member of Parliament - but she wants a successful career of her own.

After witnessing Ruby fleeing the scene of a robbery, Harriet develops a fascination with the elusive young thief that extends beyond journalistic interest. As their personal aspirations bring them into closer contact than society's rules usually allow, Ruby and Harriet's stories become increasingly intertwined.

Their magnetic dynamic, fraught with envy and desire, tells a compulsive, cinematic story about class, morality and the cost of being an independent woman in 1920s London.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Immersive, compelling and darkly seductive." - Laura Carlin

"A brilliantly original, witty story filled with the most vibrant, exciting female cast of characters I've read in a long time. I was completely transported to the underbelly of 1920s London and relished every thrilling page... As dazzling as the title suggests!" - Annie Lyons

"Fans of Sarah Waters and Kate Atkinson will adore this compelling, evocative and utterly gripping tale... It deserves to be huge." - Sarra Manning

"Clarke conjures feminine wiles and wilfulness, gutsy girl gangsters and their seedy surroundings with immersive, sparkling flair. You'll never go shopping again without thinking of Ruby!" - Harriet Walker

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