By Gaslight by Steven Price. Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Famous American detective William Pinkerton is called to London by Scotland Yard after a woman’s head is been found in the Thames. The woman in question would appear to be the same one Pinkerton has been pursuing for information about the man he’s been chasing.  Edward Shade, the criminal that Pinkerton’s father pursued since shortly after the American Civil War, is now loose in London. Pinkerton has taken up his father’s reign and will leave no stone unturned in order to find his man. But the brilliant detective has met his match in an equally ingenious criminal. Price does a good job bringing Victorian London to life, with all its squalor and filth, opium dens and gaslit streets. The historical aspect of the story is indeed, perhaps better than the mystery

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