1895: Londres está asustado. Un asesino está al acecho en las calles de la ciudad. Los pobres estan hambrientos; los jefes del crimen están tomando el control; la fuerza policial está a punto de colapsar.
Mientras los ricos buscan a Sherlock Holmes, el famoso detective privado raramente visita las calles sobrepobladas del sur de Londres, donde los crímenes son peores y la gente es más pobre.
En un oscuro rincón de Southwark, las víctimas recurren a un hombre que desprecia a Holmes, a su clientela adinerada y a su alardeante enfoque forense hacia el crimen: Arrowood, psicólogo autodidacta, borracho ocasional e investigador privado.
Cuando un hombre desaparece misteriosamente y la pista clave de Arrowood es brutalmente apuñalada ante sus ojos, él y su compañero Barnett enfrentan su investigación más difícil hasta ahora: capturar al jefe de la pandilla más peligrosa de Londres… En la tradición best seller de Anthony Horowitz y Andrew Taylor, este crimen gloriosamente oscuro perseguirá a los lectores mucho tiempo después de haber leído la última página.
About the Author
Mick Finlay was born in Glasgow and grew up in Canada and England. He now divides his time between Brighton and Cambridge. He teaches in a Psychology Department, and has published social psychological research on political violence, persuasion, and verbal and non-verbal behaviour. He reads widely in history, psychology, and enjoys a variety of fiction genres (including crime, of course!) Mick used his background in psychology for writing his first book, a historical crime novel Arrowood, set in Victorian London.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just can't resist reading a book that is set in the same time as Sherlock Holmes. And, the book did seem really promising with Arrowood being the poor man's Sherlock Holmes. However, I had some problems with the story. First, with Arrowood himself and his Sherlock envy. I mean his alias is Locksher and he can't seem to be able to deal with Sherlock Holmes being so popular. Several times does he rant about that. And, it was irritating, and it didn't get better as the story progressed. Thankfully his trustworthy assistant Norman Barrett saves the day. He is, in my opinion, the one that saved this story and made continue reading. Barrett is also very clever and has not the temperament that Arrowood has. Barrett may be Arrowood's Dr. Watson, but Barrett is pretty clever himself and honestly, he would probably do better on his own. As for the story. It was not easy to get into. The first time I tried reading it did I put it away because the intro didn't grab hold of me. This time did it go better, but I did feel now and then that the story just didn't hold my interest. What kept me going is that I wanted to know the truth about the missing Frenchman and I also hoped that Sherlock Holmes would make an appearance. All and all the mystery was OK, although I had a hard time remember all the characters that showed up. And, to be honest, Arrowood isn't as clever as Holmes and without Barett would he be at a loss. So, would I read more books in this series? Only if the author promised me that Holmes himself would be in it, otherwise I do not have much interest reading more books. This one was OK, but reading more about Arrowood isn't something that interests me much.