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January 2018 Debut of the Month
London 1895, gloriously brought to life in all its grizzly glory. Arrowood is a weathered Private Investigator with a soft heart and a weakness for a drink. He shares the same skies as the famous, revered detective, Sherlock Holmes and yet he can only dream of sharing the same accolades and financial rewards. The cases Arrowood and his long suffering assistant Barnett work are deadly, sleazier and of poor pay. Still carrying the ghost of a disastrous investigation that left a man violently beaten to death, they take on a seemingly straightforward missing person case. Before long a simple investigation turns into a dangerous step into the world of political violence and dealings with the very same crime boss involved in their earlier case. Anxious to keep a distance yet bound by obligation after the death of a young informant, they are soon deeply involved in something deadly.
Being a fan of Sherlock Holmes it was wonderful to revisit late Victorian London. The atmosphere Finlay creates is authentic and Arrowood’s animosity towards Holmes adds an interesting twist. Arrowood is a very different detective. Repulsive at times, yet sad and kind-hearted. I couldn’t help but warm to him. His assistant and our narrator Barnett, leads us through the case right to the thrilling climax that had me on the edge of my seat.
1895: La ciudad de Londres esta asustada. Un asesino esta al acecho en las calles, los pobres estan hambrientos, los cabecillas de las bandas criminales estan haciendose con el control, las fuerzas policiales no dan abasto.Los ricos acuden a Sherlock Holmes, pero el aclamado detective privado no pisa casi nunca las densamente pobladas calles del sur de Londres, las calles donde los crimenes son mas sordidos y la gente mas pobre.En una oscura esquina de Southwark, las victimas acuden a un hombre que detesta a Holmes, a los adinerados clientes de este y el teatral enfoque forense con el que investiga los crimenes. Ese hombre es Arrowood: psicologo autodidacta, borracho ocasional e investigador privado.Cuando un hombre desaparece misteriosamente y la persona que podria aportarle informacion al respecto es brutalmente apunalada ante sus propios ojos, Arrowood se enfrenta junto a Barnett, su fiel ayudante, a la mision mas dificil que han tenido hasta el momento: capturar al cabecilla de la banda criminal mas peligrosa de Londres...
|Publication date:||30th May 2018|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Iberica S.A.|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
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'A book with enough warmth, charm, humour, and intrigue to signal the start of an excellent new series.' - Vaseem Khan, author of The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
Mick Finlay was born in Glasgow but left as a young boy, living in Canada and then England. Before becoming an academic, he ran a market stall on Portobello Road, and has worked as a tent-hand in a travelling circus, a butcher's boy, a hotel porter, and in various jobs in the NHS and social services. He teaches in a Psychology Department, and has published research on political violence and persuasion, verbal and non-verbal communication, and disability. He now lives in Brighton with his family.More About Mick Finlay