Doktor Glass by Thomas Brennan

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In an age of Zeppelins and gyroplanes, atomics and horseless carriages, the Transatlantic Span is the industrial marvel of the nineteenth century. A monumental feat of engineering, the steel suspension bridge stretches across the Atlantic from Liverpool to the distant harbor of New York City, supported by no less than seven hundred towers. But in the shadows of its massive struts, on the docks of the River Mersey, lies a faceless corpse…

Inspector Matthew Langton is still seized with grief when he thinks of Sarah, his late wife. Tortured by nightmares and afflicted by breathless attacks of despair and terror, he forces himself to focus on the investigation of the faceless man. The victim wears the uniform of the Transatlantic Span Company but bears the tattoos of the Boers—could there be a Boer conspiracy to assassinate Queen Victoria on the upcoming Inauguration Day of the Span?

But the truth, as it begins to emerge, is far more bizarre than a political coup. As additional victims turn up—each with strange, twin burn marks on their necks—Langton draws a connection between the dead man beneath the bridge and chilling rumors of the Jar Bars, soul snatchers who come under cover of night. Most frightening of all is the mythic and elusive Doktor Glass, who may not only be behind the illicit trade in souls…but who may hold the key to what happened to the inspector’s own beloved wife on her deathbed…

About Thomas Brennan

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Thomas Brennan lives on the coast north of Liverpool. His day job as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher helps fuel his writing of all types of fiction: speculative, fantasy, crime, and literary in particular.
Published December 31, 2012 by Ace. 320 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The soon-to-be-inaugurated Transatlantic Span, the 19th century’s crowning feat of engineering, bridges the Atlantic from Liverpool to distant New York City.

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(It also means the mystery is a bit on the light side, and anyone with a passing familiarity with any cop show of the last ten years will probably catch on to the Big Bad pretty early.) While the steampunk—and, by extension, the fantasy elements—are much more of an undercurrent rather than a...

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And if that’s not quite enough difficulty for our hero, he’s also terrified that his recently-deceased beloved has had her soul trapped by the Jar Boys, heavies employed by mysterious, vaguely supernatural resurrectionists who deal the souls of the dead like drugs—for the right price, you can rel...

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