Catherine Sorgeiul lives with her Uncle in a rambling house in London's East End. She has few companions and little to occupy the days beyond her own colourful imagination. But then a murderer strikes, ripping open the chests of young girls and stuffing hair into their mouths to resemble a beak, leading him to be known as The Man of Crows. And as Catherine hungrily devours the news of his exploits, she believes she can almost hear the voices of the dead . . .
As the murders continue to panic the city, Catherine gradually realizes she herself is snared in a deadly trap, a world where nothing is as it appears . . . where sexual obsession, betrayal and murder are buried in a truth more terrifying than anything her imagination could conjure.
With elegant style and a thrilling plot, The Pleasures of Men reveals the dark, beating heart of corrupt London during Queen Victoria's reign.