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"A thrilling story of espionage, murder and the creation of the Secret Service." (Charles Cumming, author of A Colder War)
"H.B. Lyle has found the golden thread between Bond and Holmes in a thriller which engages on every page." (Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland)
"A fine first entry in what promises to be a great new series. Wiggins is a captivating hero, and Lyle draws his Edwardian backstreets in convincing colour. The game is most definitely afoot." (Mick Herron)

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  • Samie
  • 09-10-17

Old friends and new

A newspaper recommendation lead me to a most enjoyable few hours. A short but interesting story with friends, old and new, splashed through. I sincerely hope that this is not the last I've heard of Wiggins. Great narration helped bring things to life.

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  • Anony Mouse
  • 09-05-17

Mediocre - didn't grip me

The story had promise but I didn't find it held my attention. The ending was predictable and the denouement stretched for too long.

Performance was ok but not special. Rather more of a book narrator than a character actor.

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  • ickledixie
  • 06-29-17

Best detective novel I've read in a long time

This novel was so well written, it was a pacey and multi layered story that kept my interest the whole way through. The link to Sherlock Holmes was really well done and I also loved the descriptions on London in the early 1900's. My only criticism was that I wished Bella was voiced by a woman but other than that fantastic narration, will be recommending to everyone I know