Greer Gilman. Cry Murder! 2013.

Greer Gilman. Cry Murder! in a small voice. Easthampton, Mass.: Small Beer Press, 2013.

Greer Gilman’s brilliant use of language and her deep knowledge of Elizabethan and Jacobean stage inform this tale, where poet Ben Jonson investigates the murders of young boys at the ragged edges of the theater. Gilman’s portrait of the criminal is also a razor-sharp dismissal of the theory that the Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare’s plays.

Winner of the Shirley Jackson award.

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