The Vanishing Man

A Charles Lenox Mystery
Narrated by: James Langton
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (267 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"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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I love Charles!

What is there not to like? Charles Finch has created such a likable group of beautiful people set in the Victorian era of changing times, yet there here are still strict rules of propriety and dress that is fascinating. So much detail and thought throughout the book that created the foundation to his future stories.
His characters are well rounded in both descriptions of physical attributes and their moral character. I love the cast! After meeting Charles Lennox, Elizabeth the neighbor, Graham the most perfect Butler...and the story unfolded, I could not stop with just one book.

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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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Charles Finch just gets better and better

I've been listening to this series for years. As the series progresses, and with the addition/help of the prequel(s), the characters are well developed. The narrator (James Langton) is polished and appropriately varied. The Vanishing Man is probably my favorite book in the series so far. Charles Finch artfully composed the story in a way that struck the right notes at just the right moment. Although I predicted one or two things early on, hearing the author's wonderfully crafted words, as they shed light on the situations, overshadowed any satisfaction of having been right and elevated it to the satisfaction found in a story well told. I began reading the series because of the extraordinarily precise and deeply rich writing for this genre (IMHO); and, quite frankly, I think Charles Finch is better than ever. His words are a work of art and the Audible versions are music to the ears.

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Best yet!

Loved the infusion of humor with young relation Lancelot. Wish he would continue to include humor, he has a real flair for it.

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The very best as usual!

My favorite series on Audible! Wonderful stories! It's like traveling back in time! Perfect Narrator!

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Full-some Story Telling

This review is for the entire Lenox mysteries series. The reason I love these stories is that the writer, as interpreted by the narrator, provides the reader with an all encompassing feel for each character, as he unravels the plot of the mystery while at the same time giving little insights into Charles Lenox's method as an amateur detective. This, in my opinion, creates a very satisfying experience for the reader as one feels completely immersed in the story and period.

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Great read!!!!!!!!!

I love reading books written in series and I really love the characters in this book!!!! It has some nice twists and turns and was very funny in places! I'm looking forward to the next book!


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brilliant series with great detective and cast!

I love everything about this series: the length, the characters, the story lines, the narration. All is perfect and well suited to both the material and to the listening audience.

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Disappointing

Better than the last one, but the author clearly is less and less interested in constructing a good mystery, as opposed to telling the tale of the life of the privileged in Victorian England. The narration, however, is 5*, as always.