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Updale, Eleanor.
New York : Orchard Books, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 6.3
ISBN 0439580358
Montmorency is a criminal who has been saved by modern medicine.  Well, not quite modern by our standards but in 1875, his survival is miraculous.  And Dr. Farcett loves showing off his miracle.  As he parades the prisoner in front of the scientific community, Montmorency is treated to more knowledge than he needs to become one of the greatest thieves in all of London.  During one of the lectures, he learns the details of the new underground sewage system that is now in the wealthiest neighborhoods of London.  With that knowledge, Montmorency see a way to steal from the wealthy and not be caught.  He can travel anywhere through the sewers.  When he is finally released from prison, he puts his scheme to work and it works beautifully except for the smell. Montmorency wants to be part of high society and he needs money to do that.  But, the smell of the sewer stays with him after a job.  So he invents another personality who can explain the unkempt man.  Scarper is the one who thieves.  Montmorency is the gentleman who is accepted into polite society.  But he is always aware that the truth may come out at any time.
SUBJECTS:     Robbers and outlaws -- Fiction.
                        Identity -- Fiction.
                        London (England) -- History 1800-1950 -- Fiction.
                        Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901 -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction. 


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