The Ruffian on the Stair

The Ruffian on the Stair

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
Praise for Gary Newman:

“The author succeeds admirably in recreating Victorian London, both in character and setting. Fans of Anne Perry and other Victorian mysteries will enjoy.”—Library Journal

On his grandfather’s death, writer Seb Rolvenden inherits papers which reveal that his grandfather was involved in the disappearance of a painter and his masterpiece. Seeing a book in this, Seb pursues a trail of clues that the papers reveal.

Gary Newman has taught foreign languages both in the United Kingdom and abroad and now works as a translator. He lives in northeast England.

Perseus Publishing

Praise for Gary Newman:

“The author succeeds admirably in recreating Victorian London, both in character and setting. Fans of Anne Perry and other Victorian mysteries will enjoy.”—Library Journal

On his grandfather’s death, writer Seb Rolvenden inherits papers which reveal that his grandfather was involved in the disappearance of a painter and his masterpiece. Seeing a book in this, Seb pursues a trail of clues that the papers reveal.

Gary Newman has taught foreign languages both in the United Kingdom and abroad and now works as a translator. He lives in northeast England.


A writer investigates his grandfather's connection to the disappearance of a painter and his masterpiece.


Blackwell North Amer
Seb Rolvenden is a writer, living alone in a lighthouse on the Essex coast. On his grandfather's death he discovers some papers which reveal that, as a young man, Seb's grandfather was involved in the sensational disappearance in London of Impressionist painter Julian Rawbeck and his masterpiece, The Ruffian on the Stair.
Maybe there is a book in this? Seb thinks so, and sets off on a trail of clues found in his grandfather's letters and diary, unaware that others may be watching. His enquiries lead him to France, and to the grave of a Victorian rentboy and artist's model known as the Vickybird, whom his grandfather had met in London in the 1890s. As the mystery deepens, a chance encounter leads Seb nearer to the missing masterpiece - yet he would do well to remember that the true ruffian on the stair was none other than Death.

Publisher: New York : Soho Constable ; London : Constable, 2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781569475430
1569475431
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 23 cm

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