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When an Italian assassin's body is found floating in a barrel in Victorian London's East End, enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his assistant Thomas Llewelyn are called in to investigate. Soon corpses begin to appear all over London, each accompanied by a Mafia Black Hand note. As Barker and Llewelyn dig deeper, they become entangled in the vendettas of rival Italian syndicates - and it is no longer clear who is a friend or foe.

©2008 Will Thomas (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"In an underground meeting readers won't soon forget, the pugnacious Barker foments a gang war guaranteed to leave fans with clenched fists." ( Booklist)

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Loved this one as well!

Will Thomas, I hope you have several more books planned in this series! I have thoroughly enjoyed each one! Please continue to have Antony Ferguson read this series! I especially like the way he does Barker's voice!
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in Santa Fe, NM

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Holds my attention!

I love these novels. This time period is one of my favorites to read. And the performance has been so great!

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  • BikeVON
  • Southfield, Mi, United States
  • 07-31-17

Still a GREAT series!

Barker and Llewelyn, come head-to-head with the Sicilian mob. We see the brutal tactics of fear and intimidation by the Mafia as Barker and Llewelyn work to prevent the Mafia murdering and bulling their way into London. We get the excitement, intrigue and historical content we have come to expect from this Will Thomas series.

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Love Llewelyn, but #5 leaves much to be desired

I was hooked by these characters and the wonderful voices created by Antony since book one. I plowed through the others and was completely to purchase"extra" credits so that I could purchase them all in a row. Unfortunately, this story was too simple and left me feeling cheated because the others were all so well crafted and intriguing. This one felt like the author didn't have time to develop the complexities that would likely come to London after the first suppression of the Mafia. It seemed like this was half the length that it should have been.

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excellent!

I like a mystery. I like history. This series combines both. The narration would be difficult to top. You learn more about the characters in each book and there is even a peke. One of the main characters was the son of missionaries in China so it makes perfect sense. Each book is at least as enjoyable as the one before so start at the beginning of the series and listen. You won't be disappointed.

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Favorite new series!

Being a historical fiction and crime/mystery fan, these books are what I like best about reading. Period detail, true events in the background, and wonderfully interesting characters who are developing nicely and fit together a la Sherlock and Holmes, but quite different in all the right ways. Brilliantly brought to life by the narrator! Keep them coming!!!

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  • Bethany
  • PHOENIX, AZ, United States
  • 04-17-17

The best yet

Thomas & Ferguson hit the mark again, this time adding a little bit more - but not focused on - personal info about Barker & Llewellen. The way this story ended could be the end of the series but leaves it open and obvious about how Barker regards his trainee.

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Awesome

I love this author! The stories are fantastic, without having to suspend belief. Great series, keep them coming!

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Another rousing tale set in Victorian England by Thomas

As usual the book provided hours of entertainment for my long drives. The story is entertaining and I enjoy the historical background. The performance is stellar.

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  • Lisa
  • Corona Del Mar, CA, United States
  • 11-20-17

Great story!

I've enjoyed the series 1-5. The narrator is great and does excellent accents from London, other parts of England, Scotland, and Ireland. His French accents are also good. His Italian accents are not as polished - they sound a little like bad vampires rather than Italians. Don't let that disuade you from this installment. Start with the first and run through them all.