The Revenge Of Captain Paine: A Pyke Mystery (Pyke Mysteries) Paperback – 12 Jun 2008
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A story of high intrigue and low politics, brutal murder and cunning conspiracies ... tangy and rambunctious stuff OBSERVER"
Well researched and enjoyably disturbing ... likely to leave the reader clamouring for more TLS"
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"
Gripping and atmospheric DAILY EXPRESS"
Drips with all the atmospheric detail of a pre-Victorian murder mystery - "pea-soupers," dingy lanterns and laudanum THE TIMES"
Terrific second novel set in the criminal underworld of pre-Victorian England from the author of THE LAST DAYS OF NEWGATESee all Product Description
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This is the second book in the Pyke series and has moved on six years from the `Last days of Newgate.' As has the main character in the book, Pyke. Those who read the previous book will know that Pyke has weedled his way into a far more luxurious life than ever he had as a Bow Street runner. Marrying into the aristocracy no less. But when he is asked to investigate a murder in Cambridgeshire he cannot resist the chance to hone his old skills . . .
The author has the knack of making his novels very atmospheric, dark, dank streets with swirling mists from the river and thick vaporous fog, something we rarely get nowadays. I would say that the author has researched the period very well and it shows. I enjoy the author's writing skills and I hope there are many more to come.
I missed the first in this series but I didn't find that a problem in following this story and I am rather inclined to buy it having thoroughly enjoyed this rather dark and gruesome tale.
All manner of early 19th C life is here. Ruthless bankers, Railway magnets, bickering Whigs and Tory's but also some suitably sinister 'Bill Sykes' like baddies, as well as would-be revolutioneries, prostitutes, sweatshops, open sewers and bull baiting! All brought graphically back to life by Pepper in quite at times visceral fashion. Not for the feight hearted or the sqeamish.
Pyke is reluctantly called to action as he is coerced into a world of violence, murder, blackmail, corruption, thievery, ruthless big business, lowdown politics and threats to those who he loves.
As a couple of other reviews have mentioned the story at times threatens to lose itself in it's own complexity and the more far fetched 'Ripping Yarn' elements at times felt a out of step with the more gritty and realistic elements of the story.
But I found much to enjoy here. The book was fast paced and exciting from the beggining. Pyke, though utterly ruthless and at times bordering on pychotic, is a compelling central figure who I was (rather disturbingly) routing for from the off despite his far from subtle methods.
If you like your Victorian history, like murder mystery and don't mind blood and guts, you will like this I'm sure.
As in 'The last days of Newgate' Pyke goes at it full throttle like a sort of natural element set on an unalterable course, all the more so when his wife and son are threatened, resulting in some pretty violent (even gruesome) scenes. However, what to my mind makes Pyke such a life-like and likeable hero is the fact that we also get to see his intimate self: how deeply he loves his wife and dotes on his son, and regrets missteps from his earlier days. Pepper serves it all up in a delightful prose, very straight-to-the-point (as Pyke himself would) and yet deeply atmospheric at the same time, with superb descriptions of London in the 1830s.
Pyke has rapidly become one of my all-time favourite characters, and I eagerly await his further adventures.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
first class read yet again from Mr Pepper, highly recommended.looking forward to my next Andrew Pepper novel eagerly. excellent yarn from a class author.Published on 8 Jun. 2013 by d j frost
The second Pyke novel, and another that I couldn't put down ...but neither did I want to finish it, I enjoyed it so much. Andrew Pepper isn't worried about shocking us. Read morePublished on 8 April 2012 by S Clark H
Andrew Pepper's series of Pyke thrillers maintains a high standard. Great read. Good thriller. Great period detail. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2010 by Village Reader
I am enjoying this one better than the first, though both Pyke books are hugely atmospheric. It doesn't do to try and imagine some of the scenarios too clearly, certain deeds made... Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2009 by pigsmayfly
Good read by Andrew Pepper, this one is on the shelf to read again in a couple og yearsPublished on 20 Jun. 2009 by Mr. I. D. Rhodes
I found this book better than the first Pyke outing - darker and with more twists and turns. Pyke is in grim form, and the tale develops well. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2009 by Amazon Customer