A Study in Revenge by Kieran Shields
A Novel

92%

5 Critic Reviews

The humanity of the well-developed leads enhances the smooth-flowing plot.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In 1893, a trail of ashen footprints leads Deputy Archie Lean to the body of a murdered thief. The man’s exposed flesh has been horribly burned and occult symbols mark the nearby walls. Most troubling of all is what Lean witnessed two days earlier: this same man being lowered into his grave without a burn mark on him.  Once again, the Portland, Maine, police deputy must turn to the brilliant criminalist Perceval Grey for help. 

Grey, a half-Abenaki Indian detective,  faces problems of  his own after agreeing to an elderly tycoon’s death-bed plea to find his long-lost granddaughter. The dying man’s family is less interested in the missing heiress than with the recent theft of an obscure heirloom carved with curious symbols. As the family’s shadowy history is revealed, the three mysteries intersect to draw Lean and Grey into a maze of murder, deceit, and revenge. Each deadly new clue points toward an even greater puzzle—one that will pit Grey against a devious murderer in a race to unlock an ancient and mysterious power.
 

About Kieran Shields

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KIERAN SHIELDS grew up in Portland, Maine. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Maine School of Law. He continues to reside along the coast of Maine with his wife and two children. This is his first novel.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Crown. 386 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Nov 14 2012

Erudite, mysterious and exciting, with a brooding, brilliant Sherlock-ian detective. The denouement is just as surprising as in Grey’s first case.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Nov 19 2012

The humanity of the well-developed leads enhances the smooth-flowing plot.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Page Traynor on Feb 16 2013

The writing is strong, and the intricate story pulls the reader in and doesn’t let go.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
on Jan 09 2013

“A Study in Revenge” shows that Kieran Shields is hitting his stride. He has created a character whose adventures warrant our attention and a world that we can’t help but wish to revisit.

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Historical Novel Society

Good
Reviewed by Bethany Latham on Feb 01 2013

The pace is steady with well-placed action scenes, the dialogue convincing, and the characterization competent.

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