Blake and Avery return in the stunning sequel to M. J. Carter's lauded fiction debut, The Strangler Vine.
London, 1841. Returned from their adventures in India, Jeremiah Blake and William Avery have both had their difficulties adapting to life in Victorian England. Moreover, time and distance have weakened the close bond between them, forged in the jungles of India. Then a shocking series of murders in the world of London's gutter press forces them back together. The police seem mysteriously unwilling to investigate, then connections emerge between the murdered men and the growing and unpredictable movement demanding the right to vote for all. In the back streets of Drury Lane, among criminals, whores, pornographers, and missionaries, Blake and Avery must race against time to find the culprit before he kills again. But what if the murderer is being protected by some of the highest powers in the land?
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by M.J. Carter
by Pat Cadigan, Aliette De Bodard, Greg Egan, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Ellen Klages, Karen Lord, Ken MacLeod, Ian McDonald, Linda Nagata, Hannu Rajaniemi, Alastair Reynolds, Adam Roberts, Karl Schroeder, Peter Watts
by Antoine Laurain
by Peter Hopkirk
by M.J. Ryan
by M.J. Arlidge
by Daniel Cole
by Charles Rosenberg
"The second in a historical crime series featuring oddly matched sleuths Blake and Avery, this audiobook is set in a Victorian London riven by poverty and class strife, corrupt policing, and political undercurrents with a huge potential to erupt in violence. Dickens is the presiding genius; his territory, his melodrama, and his political sympathies inform the story's world. Learning about the Chartist movement is one of the pleasures here, though some may find that research overwhelms the storytelling in spots. In voicing a Dickensian array of castes and characters, Alex Wyndham has the occasional miss: His corrupt Irishman, O'Toole, has a whine like chalk on a blackboard, painful to listen to. But Wyndham hits far more than he misses, and historical mystery fans will find much to relish. B.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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