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When an Italian assassin's body is found floating in a barrel in Victorian London's East End, enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his assistant Thomas Llewelyn are called in to investigate. Soon corpses begin to appear all over London, each accompanied by a Mafia Black Hand note. As Barker and Llewelyn dig deeper, they become entangled in the vendettas of rival Italian syndicates - and it is no longer clear who is a friend or foe.

©2008 Will Thomas (P)2017 Tantor

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"In an underground meeting readers won't soon forget, the pugnacious Barker foments a gang war guaranteed to leave fans with clenched fists." ( Booklist)

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  • Scotty/Audible addict!
  • 16-06-2017

Loved this one as well!

Will Thomas, I hope you have several more books planned in this series! I have thoroughly enjoyed each one! Please continue to have Antony Ferguson read this series! I especially like the way he does Barker's voice!
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  • Peaceful
  • 11-06-2017

Love Llewelyn, but #5 leaves much to be desired

I was hooked by these characters and the wonderful voices created by Antony since book one. I plowed through the others and was completely to purchase"extra" credits so that I could purchase them all in a row. Unfortunately, this story was too simple and left me feeling cheated because the others were all so well crafted and intriguing. This one felt like the author didn't have time to develop the complexities that would likely come to London after the first suppression of the Mafia. It seemed like this was half the length that it should have been.

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  • BikeVON
  • 31-07-2017

Still a GREAT series!

Barker and Llewelyn, come head-to-head with the Sicilian mob. We see the brutal tactics of fear and intimidation by the Mafia as Barker and Llewelyn work to prevent the Mafia murdering and bulling their way into London. We get the excitement, intrigue and historical content we have come to expect from this Will Thomas series.

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  • Alan P. Hemphill
  • 03-05-2019

Great Series

I have read/heard many series.this one is particularly excellent. Both presentation and storyline are superb.

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  • Joshua
  • 18-04-2017

Favorite new series!

Being a historical fiction and crime/mystery fan, these books are what I like best about reading. Period detail, true events in the background, and wonderfully interesting characters who are developing nicely and fit together a la Sherlock and Holmes, but quite different in all the right ways. Brilliantly brought to life by the narrator! Keep them coming!!!

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  • Bethany
  • 17-04-2017

The best yet

Thomas & Ferguson hit the mark again, this time adding a little bit more - but not focused on - personal info about Barker & Llewellen. The way this story ended could be the end of the series but leaves it open and obvious about how Barker regards his trainee.

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  • Dude
  • 24-10-2017

Holds my attention!

I love these novels. This time period is one of my favorites to read. And the performance has been so great!

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  • Par5
  • 14-11-2020

The black hand

Another excellent read, thanks much. Keep them coming Will Thomas especially with stories like these.

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  • Amber
  • 22-02-2020

Another great case solved!

Loving this series! Each book introduces new fighting styles and skills for young Thomas. This case was great. Wonderful character development.

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  • julindy smith
  • 03-10-2019

super sleuthing story

Sherlock Holmes has competition. Superb performance with a solid storyline. great entertainment for a car trip.

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