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.
Thomas's witty sixth Victorian thriller featuring private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker (after 2008's The Black Hand) provides welcome glimpses of Barker's early life. As a 12-year-old in strife-torn China, Barker trusted Sebastian Nightwine a British Army officer Barker met after the death of his missionary parents with his older brother's life, and he was betrayed. Within hours of Nightwine's return to London, after years abroad, clues planted near the body of a murdered lord implicate Barker in the crime. Barker flees, dodging through London just steps ahead of Scotland Yard while seeking evidence to exonerate himself. Meanwhile, Barker's assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, encounters a violent gang and a beautiful assassin, both acting at Nightwine's command. It takes all of the two agents' considerable ingenuity to keep pace with this remorseless opponent in a battle full of surprises to the end. Readers will relish the appealing characters, clever twists, and colorful vision of late 19th-century London.