"Tell[s] a good story grippingly and colorfully.... An old-fashioned page-turner with pleasingly newfangled twists."
——The Washington Post Book World
"Ambitious and accomplished...nothing could have prepared readers for the sweep and subtlety of The Crimson Petal and the White."
——The New York Times Book Review
"Gorgeous.... Colossal, kaleidoscopic... Capable of rendering the muck of a London street amid the delicate humming-bird flights of thought with equal ease."