Anatomy of Evil

Anatomy of Evil

Book - 2015
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"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 agenda to increasingly shocking murders, Barker and Llewellyn must find and hunt down the century's most notorious killer. 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250041050
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Barker & Llewelyn novel


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Jun 22, 2016

Another great installation in the series. They just keep getting better. Looking forward to the next one!

May 28, 2015

The seventh book featuring Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn. Barker a private enquiry agent and his assistant Llewelyn are asked in this case to help join the ranks of Scotland Yard and find out how to capture- Jack the Ripper.

When I first read the very first book in this series I figured it or the next would feature this Ripper theme that is so common in mysteries set in Victorian England. However this is the seventh book in the series and by waiting until this time... we have been introduced to real personages in previous books who now feel like living characters and not just historical figures.

The feeling of the "chase" is not so prominent in this book. One cannot divine the suspects through the victim. Here the victim is random and nothing could be gained from the death of the unfortunate (prostitute.) So, the how to change one's methods to capture the 'ripper' is interesting to watch. Also, with so much research on the subject revealed you can't rely on a real surprise ending here. The fun is being with the main characters and finding out about the time and all the political intrigues that were taking place... the typical 'ripper' story becomes the framework for a story about people of the times.

I would recommend reading this series sequentially, though it isn't necessary. The layout of the adventure isn't as chase oriented as the other stories, due to the type of crime... and regardless Llewelyn gets injured, again as seems to be the way with "private enquiry assistants."

Hoping for more in this series!

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