The Last Days of Newgate: A gripping historical detective story set in the heart of old London (Pyke Mystery) Paperback – 5 Jul 2007
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A story of high intrigue and low politics, brutal murder and cunning conspiracies ... Tangy and rambunctious stuff--OBSERVER
Pyke is violent, vengeful and conflicted in the best tradition of detectives. His story takes in grisly murder and torture, and uses 1800s London in the same way that hard-boiled fiction uses Los Angeles as a mirror of a corrupt society--TIME OUT
Pyke is an intriguingly unfathomable character, and this is an excellent continuation of his dark journey--FINANCIAL TIMES
Gripping and atmospheric--DAILY EXPRESS
The novel drips with all the atmospheric detail of a pre-Victorian murder mystery - "pea-soupers," dingy lanterns and laudanum--THE TIMES
A story of high intrigue and low politics, of brutal murder and cunning conspiracies, set against the backdrop of a fascinating period in British history and introducing an ingenious, pragmatic and unforgettable hero.See all Product description
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The first in the 'Pyke Mysteries' series, this is a fast-paced pre-Victorian thriller that delights in the blood-and-guts reality of 1800s London. Andrew Pepper has created a very believable and atmospheric setting for his protagonist that bristles with accuracy and credibility. Pyke, however, is no clean-cut hero and his methods of extracting information from the villains and ne'er-do-wells that people his world, are often every bit as brutal and unforgiving as those of the murderers he's chasing. The thrills are a-plenty and the attention to detail only adds to the excitement. Can't wait to get my hands on the next one.
The character of Pyke is fascinating - an anti-hero with a soft side (he even likes cats, a plus in a man) but someone who is lethally dangerous nonetheless if crossed. I look forward to his next adventure very much and Andrew Pepper is a welcome addition to this genre. Fabulous!