In this second book of the series, Wild Boy and Clarissa live with their new guardian Marcus, a member of a secret league of crime-solving Gentlemen. Together they’ve solved several mysteries, and have both grown close to Marcus – the father-figure they never had.
As winter freezes London, Wild Boy and Clarissa - freak detective and feisty acrobat - remain wanted criminals. They are protected only by Marcus, leader of the secret society called the Gentlemen.
But a new terror has gripped London - a poisoner who leaves victims mad with terror. And the latest victim is Marcus! To find the cure, Wild Boy and Clarissa must catch the criminal. Their hunt leads them from rotten slums to royal palaces, and a darkness at the heart of the country’s very highest society.
Rob Lloyd Jones was born in San Francisco but grew up in London. He studied Egyptology at University where he learnt hieroglyphics, and often goes on digs with the Egypt Exploration Society. He is a senior editor at Usborne, for whom he has written over thirty books – mostly historical non-fiction, but also adaptations of classics such as JEKYLL AND HYDE and THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. Rob is also a volunteer reading helper at a primary school in Clerkenwell and wrote episodes of the children’s TV show ‘Bernard’s Watch’ for Carlton Kids. He lives in south London with his wife Sally, and 14-month-old son Otis