''Dodger'' is a non-''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel by Creator/TerryPratchett, about a tosher (young person who goes down the sewers looking for valuables; they're young because it's not a job that leads to a long life), who rescues a girl from apparent kidnappers, and finds himself in a very complicated situation when [[CharlesDickens some well-off do-gooder]] charges him with finding out what's going on. Published 13th September 2012.
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'''Contains examples of''':
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: As noted on that page, [[TruthInTelevision Truth In Literature]] for London, although they're technically storm drains. (At one point Dodger is outraged that rich people have started plumbing their cesspits into the sewers, which weren't designed for that at all.)
* AffablyEvil: Mrs. Holland, who's [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Nanny Ogg]] if she ran a brothel with a side business in shanghaiing people.
* AlterKocker: Solomon
* AntiVillain: Sweeny Todd, whose actions are caused thanks to ''extreme'' PTSD. Dodger is more than a little disturbed at how he's treated as a monster in the press and in the stories of Dodger's fight with him
* TheArtfulDodger: Dodger, of course, although he's a bit of a {{Deconstruction}}; living on the streets is ''not'' happy-go-lucky. He's still quite cheerful most of the time, though; at one point reflecting that someone in his position can't afford to [[AngstWhatAngst waste time being unhappy about things]].
* CallingMeALogarithm: Mrs Mayhew describes Dodger as an astute young man. He apologises and says his best trousers are in the wash.
* CannotTellAJoke: Sweeney Todd:
-->At some time, somebody must have told Mister Todd that a barber, in addition to tonsorial prowess, should have memorized practically a library of jokes, anecdotes and miscellaneous rib-ticklers, occasionally including - should the gentleman in the chair be of the right age or nature - ones that might include some daring remarks about young ladies. However, the person who had given him this advice had simply not calculated on Sweeney's terrible lack of anything that could be called bonhomie, cheerfulness, ribaldry or even a simple sense of humor.
* DangerouslyCloseShave: Dodger goes to get a shave from SweeneyTodd. Although he survives the experience (and becomes a hero in the process), the peelers find a cellar full of the corpses of earlier customers who were not so lucky.
* DistressedDamsel: Simplicity is introduced as one, though in the latter parts of the novel she reveals herself to be smarter and more resourceful than she first appears.
* DressesTheSame: Dodger gets a discount on a suit that had been made the wrong size for a gentleman. Later that day he meets that gentleman, [[spoiler: SirRobertPeel]]
* EmbarrassingFirstName: And last name as well. There's a reason why Dodger prefers to be known by his nickname rather than by his actual name, [[spoiler: Pip Stick]]
* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler: The Outlander]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: CharlesDickens, Henry Mayhew, SirRobertPeel, BenjaminDisraeli.
** We also get brief cameoes by [[Magazine/{{Punch}} John]] [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Tenniel]], George Cayley, Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, and [[QueenVicky Queen Victoria]] and Prince Albert show up at the very end.
** Angela Burdett-Coutts is not a very well-known historical figure, but apparently part of the reason why Pratchett wanted to write this book was to feature her as a character. Likewise Joseph Bazalgette, who really did reform the London sewers.
** Finally, there are Solomon's references to a fellow Jew he traveled with around Europe avoiding murder, whose zeal for equality of class he quite admired. He was a young man named [[KarlMarx Karl]].
* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: For that proper Dickensian flavour.
* IntrepidReporter: Dickens and Mayhew, for the ''Morning Chronicle''.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mrs. Sharples, Robert Peel
* {{Malaproper}}: Mrs Sharples says "author of the storm" when she means "orphan". Dickens is quite taken by the phrase and makes a note of it.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: [[Literature/OliverTwist The Artful Dodger]] meets Theatre/SweeneyTodd and Creator/CharlesDickens and half the {{Historical Domain Character}}s in VictorianLondon.
* MeaningfulRename: Simplicity's name is ironic, since as she tells Dodger, she's not very simple. By the end [[spoiler: she's calling herself Serendipity, which is more so]].
* MercyKill: Sweeney Todd has flashbacks that make him think he's doing this.
* NoodleIncident: Solomon apparently once had an embarrassing encounter with the King of Sweden.
* OlderSidekick: Solomon
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: We do learn Dodger's name, but he prefers to go by "Dodger," as the name he received when he was sent to the orphanage is incredibly embarrassing.
** There's also Simplicity, who never reveals her real name (Simplicity being an alias she took up to make it harder to track her down)
* ShoutOut: To Dickens, naturally:
** Dodger is obviously named after the Artful Dodger from ''Literature/OliverTwist''. His being assigned a random name by the orphanage may be intended as a reference to the title character.
** At one point Dickens uses the phrase "great expectations" and [[Literature/GreatExpectations immediately makes a note of it]]. This is shortly before learning [[spoiler: that Dodger's real name is Pip]]. He also notes down Dodger's use of the phrase "[[Literature/BleakHouse bleak house]]", and clearly makes a mental note when Dodger finishes his soup and asks for more.
** Solomon, the scrupulously honest Jewish watchmaker who seems designed as the exact opposite of TheFagin, at one point reflects "[[Theatre/{{Oliver}} And so I make a sprocket or two]]."
* PublicDomainCharacter: SweeneyTodd.
* VictorianLondon
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: SweeneyTodd again. He's pretty much stumbling around, sweating heavily and muttering about idiots who try to kick cannonballs while waving his razor blade around. He seems to think that everyone who comes into his shop is horribly wounded, and . . . [[Discworld/NightWatch gives what help he can.]]