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Some Danger Involvedby Will Thomas
Synopses & Reviews
An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his apprentice, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar.
When a student bearing a striking resemblance to artists' renderings of Jesus Christ is found murdered — by crucifixion — in London's Jewish ghetto, 19th-century private detective Barker must hire an assistant to help him solve the sinister case. Out of all who answer an ad for a position with some danger involved, the eccentric and enigmatic Barker chooses downtrodden Llewelyn, a gutsy young man whose murky past includes recent stints at both an Oxford college and an Oxford prison.
As Llewelyn learns the ropes of his position, he is drawn deeper and deeper into Barker's peculiar world of vigilante detective work, as well as the dark heart of London's teeming underworld. Together they pass through chophouses, stables, and clandestine tea rooms, tangling with the early Italian mafia, a mad professor of eugenics, and other shadowy figures, inching ever closer to the shocking truth behind the murder.
Brimming with wit and unforgettable characters, and steeped in authentic period detail, Some Danger Involved is a captivating page-turner that introduces an equally captivating duo while signaling the start of an exciting career for Will Thomas.
"Modeled after the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, but with a verve all its own, this debut mystery introduces a likable pair of sleuths and explores the Jewish quarter of Victorian London. Fresh, self-effacing Thomas Llewelyn is a plucky lad down on his luck (he was booted out of Oxford and served eight months in prison for petty theft) when he becomes the unlikely assistant to idiosyncratic Cyrus Barker, a patently Holmesian private detective with an enigmatic background in China. Hardly has Llewelyn settled into his new quarters in his employer's residence when he is called upon to assist Barker in an investigation of the crucifixion death of a young Jewish scholar. The convoluted tale leads through the tightly circumscribed Jewish ghetto, as it appears that the murder may be the overture to a pogrom by vicious anti-Semitic factions. Barker's methods ('You see, I try to throw a web over London and sit like a spider in the midst of it all, my fingers on the strands') and Thomas's tone ('I must admit, sir,' I confessed, 'that I doubted you a little') may owe much to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but the author's lively, learned tour of the various foreign enclaves of 19th-century London is notably contemporary. Besides initiating Llewelyn into the rigors of detective work, Barker introduces his young associate to a number of exotic cuisines, Chinese and Italian among them. Such period curiosities and the growing friendship between Llewelyn and Barker are the chief delights of this engaging novel. Agent, Maria Carvainis. (June) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A story full of fascinating Jewish atmosphere and authenticity set in Victorian London. An exciting page-turner with two original detectives. I look forward to their next adventure!" Anne Perry New York Times bestselling author of No Graves As Yet and The Whitechapel Conspiracy
"The danger involved in beginning Some Danger Involved at bedtime is missing a night's sleep. 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 Hello, Darkness
"Thomas' 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 and teaches Llewelyn — and us — to love it." Detroit Free Press
"More tales of Barker and Llewelyn are apparently planned; more would be most welcomed. Recommended, regardless of whether or not you're a fan of Holmes and Watson." Bookreporter.com
About the Author
Will Thomas is the author of Some Danger Involved, the first novel featuring Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn. His writing has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and in publications of various Sherlock Holmes societies. He lives with his family in Oklahoma.
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