That Thomas (the author, not the narrator) can interweave so much action and espionage into a cohesive tale brimming with thrills, snarky humor, and rich history is impressive. Even more impressive: this is the eleventh adventure starring Barker and Llewelyn and it’s just as fun and exciting as the previous installments. It’s no simple task keeping a set of characters fresh and interesting this far into a series, and Thomas makes it look easy ... With colorful characters old and new, a rich sense of time and place, an eccentric and unpredictable hero, and a narrator who often elicits chuckles or outright laughter with his droll observations, Lethal PursuitRead Full Review >>
The title makes a perfect fit for this wild chase through 1892 London and then abroad ... High adventure recommended for fans of Victorian-era thrillers, who will find the rich aroma from Barker’s meerschaum pipe thoroughly intoxicating.
The author is so talented that the novel works both as an enjoyable romp and as a comment on Victorian issues both societal and political. He weaves in history—London especially comes alive—without it seeming like clumps of a school lesson and gives just enough background so that new readers aren’t lost in arcane references to past events. Even the most observant reader will be surprised at the final twists and turns and hope for another case soon.