In The Limehouse Text, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn discover a pawn ticket among the effects of Barker's late assistant, leading them to London's Chinese district, Limehouse. There they retrieve an innocent-looking book that proves to be a rare and secret text stolen from a Nanking monastery, containing lethal martial arts techniques forbidden in the West. With the political situation between the British Empire and Imperial China already unstable, the duo must not only track down a killer intent upon gaining the secret knowledge but also safeguard the text from a snarl of suspects with conflicting interests. Prowling through an underworld of opium dens, back-room blood sports, and sailors' penny hangs while avoiding the wrath of the district's powerful warlord, Mr. K'ing, Barker and Llewelyn take listeners on a perilous tour through the mean streets of turn-of-the-century London.
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"A wholly satisfying twist ends this outstanding entry in what is fast becoming one of the genre's best historical-mystery series." (Booklist Starred Review)
These are good gaslight-era novels. The narrator is a good head from which to observe the odd goings-on, his boss ha a character far more complex and interesting than most, and the surrounding cast of characters is well-drawn and obscure. The author seems to know the word he speaks of very well, and I learn a lot from listening to it. There's humor and intrigue and many things played against character . . . I look forward to several more.
Outstanding narration really makes this audio book shine.
The mix of real period evens and people with the fiction appeals both to my love of history and mysteries
I am a Holmes and Watson dedicated reader and listener and find that this "Private Inquiry Agent" team is just as intriguing and the writing just as good as any Arthur Conan Doyle story. I can see the characters in my minds eye, I can see them in the time frame that they are set in and the story lines are oddly believable. I am hooked!
I've loved this seri3s. a anyone who moght enjoy Holmes & Phillip Marlow in one package should try it- start at the beginning
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