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KLIATTThis sequel to Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? (reviewed in KLIATT in May 2004) continues the adventures of an audacious Victorian-era robber-turned-aristocrat. Once a common thief, he was caught in the act and badly wounded. Recovering in prison, he decided to make a new life for himself, forging a new identity as the highborn, high-living "Montmorency" but funding his new life by continuing to sneak through the sewers of London, popping up to rob the rich, as "Scarper." The clever former convict has two good friends, the doctor who saved his life and Lord George Fox-Selwyn, who has recruited him as a spy for the government. In this thriller, Montmorency must recover from a drug addiction he picked up while spying in the East, and then help his friends to solve two mysteries: the death of a number of babies on a remote island in Scotland, and bomb explosions in London. Truth and forgiveness are the themes, as Montmorency comes clean about his past and also reencounters his old landlady and her helpful daughter. Told in a rather old-fashioned style to match the era, this will intrigue YA readers, serving as a sort of preamble to Sherlock Holmes tales, perhaps. The dual identity of Montmorency/Scarper continues to hold great appeal. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Scholastic, Orchard Books, 362p., Ages 12 to 18.