Coming in at 800 pages this very well may be one longest novels I have ever read (Ayn Rand novels excluded). This is a problem only because it is so very good, but so very long. It is a Dickensian tale about a young boy cheated out of an enormous inheritance in 18th century England. What unfolds is a novel filled with a cast of villains conspiring to cheat a small boy and his mother out of one of the largest estates in England. It begins with the mother an child living in comfortable secrecy in the country. Circumstances drive them to London where they are reduced to mere subsistence as their complicated story begins to unravel. Told through the eyes of sharp but innocent child, the momentum of this story carries you effortlessly through a wonderfully heavy book.