Book Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Publisher: New York: Random House, 1996.
First Trade edition/first printing in unread Near Fine condition in alike dust-jacket. Preceded only by the privately published Franklin Library edition.
Jonathan Blair, an American mining engineer, is sent by his employer, coal mine baron and Anglican Bishop Hannay, to the town of Wigan in Victorian England. Blair's ostensible mission is to find John Maypole, the missing curate who was engaged to Hannay's daughter. Enter Rose, one of the scandalous pit girls and the last person to see the missing cleric alive. Maypole disappeared the same day that 76 men died in an explosion in the Bishop's mine.
A captivating portrayal of the dark hell of coal mines and the men and women who work in them.