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Longlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

No. 1 National Bestseller

Globe and Mail's "20 Books to Read in 2016," Maclean's bestseller, Toronto Star bestseller, Ottawa Citizen's "Best on the Shelf," Huffington Post's "Best Fall 2016 Books," Publishers Weekly "Books of the Week," National Post bestseller, Vanity Fair 2016 "Must Read Books of the Fall"


"A dark tale of love, betrayal and murder that reaches from the slums of Victorian London to the diamond mines in South Africa, to the American Civil War and back. Superb storytelling." --Kurt Palka, author of The Piano Maker

A magnificent literary historical-suspense novel in the tradition of Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries, Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers, and Michael Faber's The Crimson Petal and the WhiteBy Gaslight is destined to be one of the most acclaimed and talked-about books of the year.


London, 1885. In a city of fog and darkness, the notorious thief Edward Shade exists only as a ghost, a fabled con, a thief of other men's futures -- a man of smoke. William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of a brutal detective, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead. His father died without ever tracing Shade; William, still reeling from his loss, is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London in search of her; what he learns of her fate, and its connection to the man known as Shade, will force him to confront a grief he thought long-buried. What follows is a fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and seance halls. Above all, it is the story of the most unlikely of bonds: between William Pinkerton, the greatest detective of his age, and Adam Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.
     Epic in scope, brilliantly conceived, and stunningly written, Steven Price's By Gaslight is a riveting, atmospheric portrait of two men on the brink. Moving from the diamond mines of South Africa to the battlefields of the Civil War, the novel is a journey into a cityscape of grief, trust, and its breaking, where what we share can bind us even against our darker selves.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2016
August 23
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
752
Pages
PUBLISHER
McClelland & Stewart
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
2.3
MB

Customer Reviews

DPH...the reviewer ,

Decent but just way too long

Too long of a book. Price goes on forever about certain events. For example reading with medium, the discussion with Molly's original owners. Something that seems to take about 200 pages to write seems like it could be done in 10. Epilogue does not really seem to have any purpose. Why Billy Miner? A good book allows reader imagine what happened to characters after the end of the story. But not Price. He tells you tell you what happened to each character in detail.

Thank goodness finished last page.

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