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The Vanishing Man

A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series
Narrated by: James Langton
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
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"James Langton offers a splendid narration.... He makes the thefts, kidnapping, and murder a delicious puzzle for the struggling young detective and for listeners as well." (AudioFile Magazine)

From the critically acclaimed and USA Today best-selling author Charles Finch comes The Vanishing Man, the second in a prequel trilogy to his Charles Lenox Victorian series, in which the theft of an antique painting sends Detective Lenox on a hunt for a criminal mastermind.

London, 1853: Having earned some renown by solving a case that baffled Scotland Yard, young Charles Lenox is called upon by the duke of Dorset, one of England’s most revered noblemen, for help. A painting of the duke’s great-grandfather has been stolen from his private study. But the duke’s concern is not for his ancestor’s portrait; hiding in plain sight nearby is another painting of infinitely greater value, one that holds the key to one of the country’s most famous and best-kept secrets.  

Dorset believes the thieves took the wrong painting and may return when they realize their error - and when his fears result in murder, Lenox must act quickly to unravel the mystery behind both paintings before tragedy can strike again. 

As the Dorset family closes ranks to protect its reputation, Lenox uncovers a dark secret that could expose them to unimaginable scandal - and reveals the existence of an artifact, priceless beyond measure, that the family is willing to risk anything to keep hidden.   

In this intricately plotted prequel to the Charles Lenox mysteries, the young detective risks both his potential career - and his reputation in high society - as he hunts for a criminal mastermind.   

©2019 Charles Finch (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"James Langton's vocal interpretation of Lenox adds a layer of humanity to the reserved detective.... Langton gives each of the book's prominent characters a distinctive voice, but his main success is the vocal personality he provides Lenox." (Publishers Weekly on A Beautiful Blue Death)

"Langton captures the vocal essence of the ruling class as well as the colorful voices of the working class.... Listeners will experience the ambiance of Victorian London and hear a baffling plot expertly presented." (AudioFile Magazine on An Old Betrayal, Earphones Award winner) 

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Perhaps One of the Best In the Series!

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed all the books in the Charles Lenox series, I had looked forward to the new one. While I don’t normally care for prequels, this one is just super. The story, the characters, the twists and turns, all totally work. Especially liked Lancelot! And as is the case with all the books in this series, the humorous parts often had me laughing out loud! And the book was made all the better by James Langston’s incredible narration!! Keep them coming!!

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Excellence...again.

I've read all the Charles Lennox books and can't wait for the next. this series does exactly what a good series should do, have an interesting story played by the characters you know and love and leaves you wanting more. Narrated by the most excellent narrator I've heard in more than 400 books!!

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Travel through time

These mysteries are so much more. Charles Finch takes us back to a time that is changing. Not a detail goes unnoticed, his description of the events are so clearly written you are there with Charles. Read carefully and follow the thread.
The characters are fully formed, it is comforting to know them. As a reader you get invested, only want the best outcome. Such is the power of a great writer giving us so much hope and enjoyment. Thank you!

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