By GaslighteBook - 2016
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Bunny_Watson716 Nov 16, 2016
If you enjoy atmospheric, descriptive historical fiction, pick this book! With fantastic settings that include fog-ridden Victorian London and civil war battlefields, this is worth the time it takes to read. Vivid characters and well-crafted settings make you feel as though you are a part of the ... Read More »
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London 1885. In a city shrouded in fog and darkness, William Pinkerton, son of that famous detective, descends into the sordid underbelly of Victorian London in pursuit of the elusive Edward Shade - a thief, a con artist, an echo of a man who may never have existed. Still reeling from his father's death, William, in pursuit of a new lead, travels through London's murky sewers, opium dens and séance halls determined to drag the man out of the shadows.
Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London in search of her and meets the famous Mr. Pinkerton. What follows is the story of unlikely bonds between William Pinkerton, the greatest detective of his age, and Adam Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.
This is a perfect fall read for anyone who is looking to envelop themselves in an historical thriller spanning five decades and half the world. Epic and dark in its tone, readers will enjoy immersing themselves in the less savoury world of Victorian London, its dark alley ways and grimy characters, enjoying the novel’s many twists and turns.
This book has also been long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
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