London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective . . . without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime-and promising to kill again-Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself.
The writer's first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islets in the middle of the Thames. With few clues to go on, Lenox endeavors to solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. When the killer's sights are turned toward those whom Lenox holds most dear, the stakes are raised and Lenox is trapped in a desperate game of cat and mouse.
In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, this newest mystery in the Charles Lenox series pits the young detective against a maniacal murderer who would give Professor Moriarty a run for his money.
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by Charles Finch
"In this prequel novel, James Langton tempers the urbane British tone of famed detective Charles Lenox with a hint of na•vetŽ, achieved through a periodic quaver. In London in 1850, Lenox is 23 years old and fresh on the scent of his first case, aided by his friend and valet, Graham. The game's afoot when a letter by an anonymous writer claiming to have committed the perfect crime is published in a local tabloid. Soon a woman's body turns up in the Thames, and Lenox's personal and professional lives begin to intertwine. The rough bass Langton gives to Graham is a pleasing contrast to the sleuth's aristocratic tenor. Overall, Langton's accurate emotional inflections create an engaging listening experience. E.E. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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