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Summary

Cyrus Barker is undoubtedly England's premiere private enquiry agent. With the help of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, he's developed an enviable reputation for discreetly solving some of the toughest, most consequential cases in recent history. But one evening in 1888, Robert Anderson, the head of Scotland Yard's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), appears at Barker's office with an offer. A series of murders in the Whitechapel area of London are turning the city upside down, with tremendous pressure being brought to bear on Scotland Yard and the government itself. Barker is to be named temporary envoy to the Royal Family with regard to the case while surreptitiously bringing his investigative skill to the case. With various elements of society, high and low, bringing their own agendas to increasingly shocking murders, Barker and Llewellyn must find and hunt down the century's most notorious killer.

Though the Whitechapel Killer has managed to elude the finest minds of Scotland Yard - and beyond - he's never faced a mind as nimble and a man as skilled as Cyrus Barker. But even Barker's prodigious skills may not be enough to track down a killer in time.

©2015 Will Thomas (P)2017 Tantor

Critic reviews

"A satisfying addition to a satisfying series. Thomas continues to contribute to the historical thriller genre by combining appealing characters with thoroughly researched historical detail." ( Library Journal)

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  • sonia
  • 04-07-17

What more can I say? Perhaps PERFECTION!

Would you listen to Anatomy of Evil again? Why?

Yes. I love all the nuances in Will Thomas's series. There are certain writers that go over board describing a scene, sentiment and internal dialog. Not Thomas, he is descriptive enough to pull you in but not drown you in boredom

What did you like best about this story?

How Barker and Llewelyn's relationship and respect for each other is growing and evolving. Barker is tough, no nonsense. Llewelyn is getting tougher but still kind of sweet and naïve.

Have you listened to any of Antony Ferguson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, just this series and although I got some minor characters confused, I could tell the difference between all the main ones. I enjoy his readings.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

What Thomas sees at the end and they just go back to life together as usual. I WAS PROUD FOR HIM!

Any additional comments?

The author's note at the end was very helpful, even though this is a work of fiction. My birthday is July 10th, Hell Bay will be available July 11th, it's my belated gift to myself.

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  • The Fat Man
  • 01-07-17

Great historical mystery

As with the rest of the series, a very enjoyable Victorian mystery, and great narration

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 20-06-17

Above average, better than expected

If you could sum up Anatomy of Evil in three words, what would they be?

Three words, not enough, as with all the books in this series, the story of Barker and Llewelyn, plus the other cast of characters contribute to an otherwise well known formula. You care about what happens to them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Llewelyn, as the story is often in his voice

Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

He does a fine job with everyone, male and female

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

would prefer a tv series

Any additional comments?

This is the last book currently available on audible, still two books to be recorded. I hope the sale of this series will entice audible continue with the remaining books, and hopefully more books in the future.

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  • Consumer
  • 26-08-18

Best yet!

Each of this series is enjoyable in its own way. But this edition ties in back stories and develops characters and their character further than we’ve seen to this point. Though it is a gruesome tale as compared to the prior tales, it drives home the virtues of our heroes. It gives me hope that Llewelyn will truly develop the servants heart we see displayed in Barker.

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  • lisa
  • 07-06-18

Anachronisms Abound

I liked the earlier books in this series on part because they have a look at the lives of different communities at the time. But this one just takes too many modern liberties.

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  • ulan25
  • 27-02-18

Another enjoyable case

I enjoyed this despite what I think is a lack of twists. But the story being woven around real events, I found the narrative very interesting.

However I believe there was a slip in the recording— particularly in the assignment of accents. Anderson had a wonderful Irish accent until before the final chapter when suddenly he had an English accent. It confused me for a moment. But otherthan this small detail, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this.

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  • Nancy Andrzejczak
  • 31-01-18

A mystery of history

As usual the Barker story is full of excitement and interesting characters. But this novel has the added bonus of including some serious historical research. While reading the book I became inspired to read about the actual case. I was intrigued how Thomas wove together so many actual people from the case.
He makes me believe I just read the real history!

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  • Rev. Kate
  • 07-12-17

Poor

This is unfortunately the worse version of Jack the Ripper I have ever heard or read. It is predictable and poorly written. Nothing provided adds up, and the supposed “Jack” is absurd.

It sounds like it was written by a man in his comfortable home in the USA with extremely little research, and little understanding of the crimes. Truly a waste of money.

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  • Candy Webster
  • 02-10-17

Great care with historical detail

As all if the books in this series, this is a compelling story and a stellar performance by Antony Ferguson.

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  • Mary Catherine
  • 21-09-17

Good series

I do like spending time with Barker and Llewelyn. I have been enjoying the series and plan to continue it. I was excited to see where the ending would go with Jack the Ripper since I have read many books about the killings and the writer looks at clues in a clear way. Spoiler Alert: I did have problems with a suspect who did not bath or change his cloths not having any coal or blood on him. I lived 21 years where coal was used, and every person in my neighborhood would be able to tell instantly if someone was using a coal chute to come and go. Coal is not like dirt, and anyone using a chute could be identified at a glance, and the same would be of his bedding and room - there would be clear evidence everywhere. And there had to be blood from before on someone that did not wash their hands or change their cloths, especially on someone who was taking organs from the victims. Then using some old, half tool to do the crime didn't work for me either. I just can't see some half starved lunatic always wearing the same cloths being the Ripper. And if more than one person in the Yard knew the real killer, all of London would know. I guess the writer thinks a killer like this has to be visibly crazy, but I think the Ripper would be more of a Ted Bundy type. Someone who was living what looked like a normal life, but that had killing urges he could not ignore and acted on in secret. The urges escalating until the final frenzy when the killer either moved, died, or was imprisoned. You only have to watch some of the trial footage of Ted Bundy speaking to realize that a serial killer could be well spoken and intelligent, giving every appearance of being normal, and still be a cold monster inside, killing when he got the chance. And that's what the Ripper did - killed when he got the chance.