Some Danger Involved
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Touchstone;(March 8, 2005)
An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar in London's Jewish ghetto. When the eccentric and enigmatic Barker takes the case, he must hire an assistant, and out of all who answer an ad for a position with "some danger involved," he chooses downtrodden Llewelyn, a gutsy young man with a murky past.
As they inch ever closer to the shocking truth behind the murder, Llewelyn is drawn deeper and deeper into Barker's peculiar world of vigilante detective work, as well as the heart of London's teeming underworld. 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.
I've read one other Baker and Llewelyn book and enjoyed them both. I went backward on this one as this would be the book that explains how Baker and Llewelyn become a team.
This book was a little slower but then this books sets up every other Baker and Llewelyn book to come.
The books though are totally separate crimes and so other than background information they need not be read in succession.
Although these books take place in early London the author actually lives in America. I am guessing he did a lot of background work before writing them, because they are written for a very readable audience.
I have to admit that I didn't figure this one out until it was actually solved!
Slow reading this month, a lot of depression is back.. slow but sure, on to the next book!