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Summary

In the gripping new novel by the author of The Fourteenth Letter, a lawyer in Victorian London must find a man he got off a murder charge - and who seems to have killed again....

Victorian London, 1882. Five years ago, crusading lawyer Cage Lackmann successfully defended Moses Pickering against a charge of murder. Now, a body is found bearing all the disturbing hallmarks of that victim - and Pickering is missing. Did Cage free a brutal murderer?

Cage's reputation is in tatters, and worse, he is implicated in this new murder by the bitter detective who led the first failed case. Left with no other alternative, Cage must find Pickering to prove his innocence. 

His increasingly desperate search takes him back to the past, to a woman he never thought to see again and down into a warren of lies and betrayals concealed beneath Holland Park mansions and the mean streets of Whitechapel - where a murderer, heartbreak and revenge lie in wait.

©2020 Claire Evans (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Meh

Lacks coherence. People’s characters are all over the place. A massive set to is signalled but goes off with a whimper, the murderer is an extremely minor character and it all ties up just in time for tea.

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needed a strong editor

possibly a reasonable book is hidden inside this one. A strong editor might have brought that out.

But as is, it takes hours to get going then has the lawyer investigating a murder for no good reason and goes downhill from there. Couldnt finish it and skimmed to the end, where it would appear all the things flagged in the first three hours come to pass.

That said, characters act for odd reasons, set pieces are damp squibs and it's overall so average I'm writing this as a note to myself not to read more by the author. A shame as the writing is fairly good - just the plot, character, substance and point that seem average. Will be returning the book.