Dani (a GR friend) asked me why I gave this three stars, so instead of pulling out the reading journals I've been keeping since 2000, I reread it. The book is a great homage to the Victorian thriller that Cox had long edited and admired. What I found distracting were the footnotes.
The novel is one of those "true" manuscripts that has become popular in books, and to make it believable there is a bunch of footnotes that tell the reader things. There are too many and they disrupt the follow of the book for me. Other than that, it is a good anti-hero novel and is engrossing. This is why the footnotes are so jarring.