In the latest mystery from the national best-selling author of When Falcons Fall, the gruesome murder of a young boy takes Sebastian St. Cyr from the gritty streets of London to the glittering pleasure haunts of the aristocracy....
London, 1813. Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is no stranger to the dark side of the city, but he's never seen anything like this: the brutalized body of a 15-year-old boy dumped into a makeshift grave on the grounds of an abandoned factory. One of London's many homeless children, Benji Thatcher was abducted and tortured before his murder - and his younger sister is still missing. Few in authority care about a street urchin's fate, but Sebastian refuses to let this killer go unpunished. Uncovering a disturbing pattern of missing children, Sebastian is drawn into a shadowy, sadistic world. As he follows a grim trail that leads from the writings of the debauched Marquis de Sade to the city's most notorious brothels, he comes to a horrifying realization: Someone from society's upper echelon is preying upon the city's most vulnerable. And though dark, powerful forces are moving against him, Sebastian will risk his reputation and his life to keep more innocents from harm....
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While I have enjoyed the entire St. Cyr series, this book is the best! Ms Harris does an amazing job of showing many sides of her complex characters, St. Cyr is the concerned and loving husband, father, and uncle, and also the relentless, angry, bull-headed detective trying to find who is torturing and murdering the most vulnerable of London's poor. Hero's interviews with the poor orphans is a fine way of building sympathy for the plight of the abandoned children, and it makes the rest of the mystery even more believable and sad., And we gain more insights into Hendon's feelings about St. Cyr.
Don't start here - you really need all the carefully built background from the previous books to appreciate this one, but don't miss Where The Dead Lie. Masterful storytelling!
I think Hero's mother was poisoned by the fair of appearance, but evil evil beneath the surface. new cousin, who will also be found guilty of her husbands' murders. Just sayin'.
The opening chapter starts in a shocking, visceral fashion and the story continues to move with the momentum of a freight train. The characters are like friends to us now and I feel personally invested in each of their outcomes. Porter anchors the book with her superb narration, breathing reality into each scene, pulling every ounce of emotion and tension from words on a page....she takes that extra step to make this experience alive and real. I have been in London 1813 and am all the better for it. I have been.....
I love this series and hate to have to wait so long between them. I found this to be one of the best I have read. I used to sometimes get confused with some of the earlier box
I love this series as it brings both mystery and also it discusses the social conditions of orphan street children. I cannot wait to read the next installment of this book series.
Busy mom who loves that audible books allow me to read while cleaning or crocheting.
These later books of the series are just as exciting and enthralling as the first, with the added benefit that the characters have become more and more real with each book. Ms. Porter is a stellar narrator!
...as the rest, though difficult to say why. The pace was a bit off maybe. Davina does her usual excellent job. Still and all, an engaging series and I look forward to the next installment.
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