By Gaslight

By Gaslight

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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"A literary historical suspense novel, centered on the uneasy, complex relationship of William Pinkerton--the greatest detective of his age--and Adam Foole, a thief whose past is inextricably linked with Pinkerton's own"-- Provided by publisher.
"A literary tour de force of a detective's ceaseless hunt for an elusive criminal By Gaslight is a deeply atmospheric, haunting novel 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 ten 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. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
ISBN: 9780771069437
Characteristics: text file
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jul 20, 2017

This is a long, dense book, packed with atmosphere and plot. It is rich and detailed. It needs to be read slowly and thoughtfully. If you are not a patient reader, this may not be the book for you. If you are a patient reader, you will be rewarded with an incredibly well written story that takes you back and forth in time and sends you to the mines of South Africa, the battlefields of the Civil War and the streets of Victorian London. The story fits together chapter by chapter and even paragraph by paragraph. (The minimal use of punctuation is a bit annoying, but you adjust to it soon enough) It will take you a long time to get to the end of this book, but when you get there you will be sad it is over.

Apr 23, 2017

A VERY large book. Too heavy for me to hold.

minerva Mar 23, 2017

This seems to be a novel for those that like stylish writing; I found that I was not engaged by the characters, and so I just wasn't interested in reading only for the style. I did want to like it, possibly I'm an impatient reader...

Feb 15, 2017

I'm sure it is a great book, judging by previous comments, but I just couldn't handle the lack of punctuation so had to give up!

Jan 31, 2017

When it was ending I kept wishing it would keep going... Is there another one in the works? Hope so!

Odd style of writing but it envelops you when the story unfolds after about 50 pages.

Jan 25, 2017

Long-winded and confusing in style. The author used no punctuation save for periods at the ends of sentences. The story seemed to go around in circles at times.

Dec 31, 2016

This was a wonderfully crafted story that unfolded slowly and was quite layered. I was drawn into the story almost as soon as I started and loved the plot reveals throughout the novel.

Dec 15, 2016

Though I expected a murder-mystery, the dust-jacket more accurately describes it as an "atmospheric portrait of two men on the brink." The plot line was interesting enough to keep me reading though it revealed itself slowly through moody main characters. The word "dangerous" is frequently used though the novel rarely feels that way. Complex, ambitious and long, there is lots to appreciate besides the plot.

Dec 05, 2016

This book has a peculiar characteristic. The dialogue is not marked by quotation mark. I found it too distracting, as I sometimes had to re-read passages to see what was dialogue, and what was narration. In fact, I found it distracting to the point I could not get into the story.

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 book.

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SPL_Brittany Sep 19, 2016

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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