A literary tour de force of a detective's ceaseless hunt for an elusive criminal.
By Gaslight is a deeply atmospheric, haunting audiobook about the unending quest that has shaped a man's life.
William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of the most notorious detective of all time, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead on the fabled con Edward Shade. William's father died without ever finding Shade, but William is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows.
Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair 10 years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London to find her. What he learns of her fate - and its connection to the man known as Shade - will force him to confront a grief he thought long buried.
A fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and séance halls ensues, creating the most unlikely of bonds: between Pinkerton, the great detective; and Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.
Steven Price's dazzling, riveting By Gaslight moves from the diamond mines of South Africa to the battlefields of the Civil War on a journey into a cityscape of grief, trust, and its breaking, where what we share can bind us even against our darker selves.
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Empurpled and Histrionic Prose to No Effect
Heavy damp reading
Setting in time and place and the believable way the charters were drawn.
By the end I did not care I just wanted it to end.
This book drags on and on. Well written enough to keep me plugging away at the book but I would not recommend it to any of my friends. I felt that the author needed to go on Prozac and do a rewrite.
- Cynthia K.