Revisionism is taken to new extremes in this novel, a jeux d’esprit that reimagines the popular 18th-century criminal and jail-breaker Jack Sheppard as transgender.... The overall effect is zany, experimental and unmistakably 2018... The author continually teases and rebuffs prurient interest, providing a marbled page, a la Tristram Shandy, instead of the graphic bodily illustration the publisher supposedly demands. Rosenberg has created an 18th-century riddle wrapped in a 21st-century enigma. Anyone with a head for postmodern heights will revel in it.