Victorian enquiry agent, Cyrus Barker and his assistant Thomas Llewelyn return in this latest novel from the author of the award-winning "To Kingdom Come". In "The Limehouse Text", Barker and Llewelyn discover a pawn ticket among the effects of Barker's late assistant, which leads them to London's Chinatown district, Limehouse, to retrieve an ...
Victorian enquiry agent, Cyrus Barker and his assistant Thomas Llewelyn return in this latest novel from the author of the award-winning "To Kingdom Come". In "The Limehouse Text", Barker and Llewelyn discover a pawn ticket among the effects of Barker's late assistant, which leads them to London's Chinatown district, Limehouse, to retrieve an innocent looking book. Things are never what they seem there, however, and soon they learn the book is a rare and secret text stolen from a Chinese monastery, containing lethal martial arts techniques forbidden to the West. With the political situation between the British Empire and Imperial China already in peril, the duo must track down a killer intent upon gaining the secret knowledge while safeguarding the text from a snarl of dubious characters with crossed interests. Moving through a hidden world of opium dens, back-room blood sports, and sailor's penny hangs, while avoiding the wrath of the district's powerful warlord, Mr K'ing, Barker and Llewelyn take readers on a wild and dangerous tour through the mean streets of turn-of-the-century London.
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Publishers Weekly, 2006-04-17 Convincing period detail and memorable characters lift Thomas's fast and furious third Victorian whodunit (after 2005's To Kingdom Come) to feature enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his callow assistant, Thomas Llewelyn. A pawn ticket found among the effects of Barker's previous sidekick, Quong, leads the pair to Limehouse, London's Chinatown, where they discover an ancient Chinese book on martial arts. A number of parties seek the book, including someone willing to kill to gain its secrets. Barker draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of the London underworld and his extensive network of allies to advance the investigation. While the murderer's identity won't surprise many, and Barker's talents, which include mastery of the martial arts, border on the superhuman, Sherlock Holmes fans in particular will be pleased by how well Thomas evokes the Baker Street sleuth and the spirit of Conan Doyle's stories. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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