Our Mutual Friend
Title: Our Mutual Friend
Author: Charles Dickens
Riverman, Gaffer Hexam, and his daughter Lizzie troll the Thames searching for drowned men whose pockets Gaffer will rifle before turning the body over to the authorities. On this particular night Gaffer finds a corpse that is later identified as that of John Harmon, who was returning from abroad to claim a large fortune when he was apparently murdered and thrown into the river.
Dickens set his final full-scale masterpiece in 1860s London, creating dozens of memorable characters. All the themes that engaged him as a mature writer are featured here: love and hate, wealth and poverty, honesty and duplicity, and the formation and reformation of identity.