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Publisher's Summary

An elderly lady loses her money on an investment; a conjuror is pursued by thugs; and a clairvoyant mentions the name of the richest man in Europe and his mysterious company. Seemingly unconnected events set Sally Lockhart on the trail of an evil far more awful than she could ever imagine.

This thriller, by the author of The Ruby in the Smoke, evokes its 19th century setting and at the same time remains remarkably contemporary in the originality of its plot and larger-than-life characters. An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller.

©2009 Phillip Pullman; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Paul
  • Plympton, Australia
  • 11-14-12

As good as Book 1

I strongly advise you to read Book 1, The ruby in the smoke, first. This sequel will not disappoint you; it's a different story, but just as good. Sally, Jim and Fred are 6 years older, and their relationships and character development are intriguing. Some new characters are also fascinating. As for the story, it's brilliantly written with not a dull moment. Don't be fooled by Audible's blurb; Anton Lesser reads this book too. He could make a shopping list sound interesting, but this is no shopping list.

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  • Úna
  • 05-19-17

Brilliant series

Would you listen to The Shadow in the North again? Why?

Yes, I read the books as a teenager and returned to the audiobooks recently. The books are connected but work on their own too. Sally's character is brilliant, what a wonderful strong character she was to grow up with. I love Pullman's attention to detail, it keeps the stories rich time after time.

What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

He is a very accomplished actor and performed with skill and subtlety.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I always do both when I listen to these.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lori
  • 04-05-11

Suspensful

A dark and very fast-paced thriller, this book will have the listener gripped from start to finish. Capturing the feel of Victorian London, and the harsh atmosphere of it's underworld. Narrated in fine style by Anton Lesser.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • 04-06-11

A really good book

This is the 2nd in the series, the first book is called 'The Ruby in the Smoke' is not on audible at the moment. The narrator is really good and the characters engaging, over all a really enjoyable book.

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  • Boggy of Bucks
  • 12-04-17

Even the twists had twists

I defy anyone to discern the true arc of this story at any point, so unexpected is the route. Well told by Anton Lesser too.

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  • CAROL
  • 11-24-17

A excellent follow up to the first book.

Another great story with lots of laughter and tears. Downloading the next in the series immediately. Hope there will more to come.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-17

Another Fine Story

Another fine story in the series which I enjoyed. Frankly carried by the superb talent that is Anton Lesser whose characters are believable and mesmerising. You don't notice any accent changes they are so well done that it is addictive listening. A great listen all round.

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  • Crispin
  • 06-09-17

More character and less political correctness

I like the first book in the series but this one was a bit too heavy on ensuring the characters were P.C. rather than having credible, rounded, personalities. The arguments between the two lead characters felt staged and did not ring quite true.

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  • julie withers
  • 12-19-16

BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love Phillip Pullmans books (all of them)
I have read the Sally Lockhart mysterys and i love them !!!
I would recommend them to early teens (11-14)
I wish there were some more!!!

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  • arkanamundi@aol.com
  • 11-19-16

An emotional rollercoaster

I suppose it may be a bit cliched, but this story is exciting. I don't think I've ever cried so much at the death of an animal in literature.

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  • Mr. C. Horsfall
  • 08-01-16

it could have been so much more.

Anton who narrated this book made it come alive. Fantastic performance. The story was ok, but I felt the ending had so much more to offer. The way the"baddie" explained that he really was a great humanitarian. it could have gone a lot further so one felt "yes, he does have a point". after all, the atom bomb stopped a lot of wars, didn't it?