Brimming with wit, atmosphere, and unforgettable characters, FATAL ENQUIRY reintroduces private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewellyn, and their unforgettable world of Victorian London.
Some years ago, Cyrus Barker matched wits with Sebastian Nightwine, an aristocrat and sociopath, and in exposing his evil, sent Nightwine fleeing to hide from justice somewhere in the far corners of the earth. The last thing Barker ever expected was to encounter Nightwine again—but the British government, believing they need Nightwine’s help, has granted him immunity for his past crimes, and brought him back to London. Nightwine, however, has more on his mind than redemption—and as Barker and Llewellyn set out to uncover and thwart Nightwine’s real scheme, they find themselves in the gravest danger of their lives.
“This is what Conan Doyle would write after taking tea with Lee Child.... This is as good as it gets.”
“Will Thomas is a cult waiting to happen. His rich genuine Victorian voice draws you in from the first sentence. The pace never lags and every chapter yields a new delight.”
“Stunning, witty, informative, thrilling –how often do you get all of these in one book? If you blended the authenticity of Conan Doyle, the research of Caleb Carr and the sheer readability of someone like Grisham, you’d have some idea of the bliss of reading Will Thomas.”
—Ken Bruen, author of The Guards
“Once Thomas’s colorful characters and vivid story grab hold, they don’t let go. A thoroughly entertaining read.”
—Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Deadline
“Will Thomas has worked his way up on my personal list of When’s the Next One? So I was overjoyed (although not surprised) to find The Black Hand easily living up to the previous adventures of this unlikely, stimulating colorful pair of investigators. Which leaves me with the question, when’s the next one?”
—Laurie R. King, New York Times bestselling author of Garment of Shadows
“This series is a constant pleasure. Barker and Llewellyn are two of my favorite sleuths, and their Victorian London evokes images of damp fogs and gaslights and muted footsteps on cobblestone streets. What mystery lover could ask for more?”
—Sharon Kay Penman, author of Lionheart
“Thomas explores wonderful uncharted territory.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review on Some Danger Involved.
“Thomas’s storytelling is top-notch, generously filled with humor and attention to detail. He brings to life a London roiling with secret leagues, deadly organizations, and hidden clubs.”
—Detroit Free Press on Some Danger Involved