The Thief Taker : Charlie Tuesday

  • by C. S. Quinn
  • Narrated by Napoleon Ryan
  • Series: Charlie Tuesday
  • 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 1665. Black Death ravages London. A killer stalks the streets in a plague doctor’s hood and mask....
When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer’s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London – and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie’s own past.
Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street. This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London, where alchemy, witchcraft and blood-spells collide.
In a city drowned in darkness, death could be the most powerful magic of all.


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Customer Reviews

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Plague Horror--Yes; Thriller? Not quiiiite...

Give me the Black Death and Napoleon Ryan as a narrator and I'm THERE! You've got me hooked! Especially with such a horrific opening scene. (I often have bad dreams of olden "doctors" in their long coats and beak-like masks... who doesn't, right? Right?) And then there's the fact that Charlie has hyper observational-like skills akin to those of Sherlock Holmes. So great, right?
The twists and turns are there, the terrors and gore of the holocaust-like plague is there (in spades!); the setting certainly becomes a character in its own right, and the sense of history is there (tho' I've heard that some of the larger details are patently false... dunno... didn't actually go to Wikipedia or Google to check those out myself), But what's there also is a whole lot of convenient contrivances of this being on hand just at the moment it's needed; and that person coming along, just at the moment a presence of that sort is needed.
Great on sense of place, lacking on sense of purpose, it's a decent enough first novel, and I enjoyed it. But only because I LIKE gruesome details of plague, filth, and poverty. And I truly like Napoleon Ryan's narration (tho' I must say, I'm more used to him doing Nick Spalding's humor)--very dramatic, very stylish.
I think I'd even be into listening to the next book because for a first effort, it's rather engaging.
Just don't expect perfection. Stylish--yes. Worth the time? I thought so.
Worth a full credit?
Well, not quiiiite...
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- Gillian

Fun in the plague years

If you're a fan of Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbett period mysteries you'll probably enjoy this as I did. The Thief Taker lacks the dry humor and wild inventiveness of McCammon's books, but is enjoyable and in it's own way and engaging enough for this reader to take a look at the inevitable sequels. Mystery, black magic, a plucky hero, a feisty heroine and a grubby sidekick are all well-employed here, along with enough plague victims to fill a season or two of any zombie apocalypse movie. Suspend disbelief in a few spots and just enjoy! The conclusion clearly leaves the door open for a full series. Napoleon Ryan does a splendid job with an array of characters and is surprisingly good with female voices as well.
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- 6catz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio