A NoveleBook - 2016
"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.
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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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