Wilkie (William) Collins (1824-89) was a hugely successful and popular crime, mystery and suspense writer. He wrote the first full-length detective novels in English and set a mould for the genre as shown in The Moonstone and The Woman in White.
One of Wilkie Collins' lesser known works, The Law and the Lady is nonetheless a gripping read! Valeria's quest to acquit her husband of the murder of his ex-wife is top-notch Collins. Like token Collins' detective novels, the reader is taken deeper and deeper into the psychology of his characters. Meserimus Dexter is one of Collins' most frightening characters. His mental degeneration within the novel's gripping pages will leave you breathless. Valeria's involvement with the unstable Dexter is some of the most suspenseful reading you are likely to find in modern literature. Highly recommended to any Collins' enthusiast, or anyone looking for a great read.