Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas
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An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his apprentice, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar.
When a student bearing a striking resemblance to artists' renderings of Jesus Christ is found murdered -- by crucifixion -- in London's Jewish ghetto, 19th-century private detective Barker must hire an assistant to help him solve the sinister case. Out of all who answer an ad for a position with "some danger involved," the eccentric and enigmatic Barker chooses downtrodden Llewelyn, a gutsy young man whose murky past includes recent stints at both an Oxford college and an Oxford prison.
As Llewelyn learns the ropes of his position, he is drawn deeper and deeper into Barker's peculiar world of vigilante detective work, as well as the dark heart of London's teeming underworld. Together they pass through chophouses, stables, and clandestine tea rooms, tangling with the early Italian mafia, a mad professor of eugenics, and other shadowy figures, inching ever closer to the shocking truth behind the murder.
Brimming with wit and unforgettable characters, and steeped in authentic period detail, Some Danger Involved is a captivating page-turner that introduces an equally captivating duo while signaling the start of an exciting career for Will Thomas.

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Will Thomas is the author of Some Danger Involved, the first novel featuring Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn, and now a Barry and Shamus Award nominee. He lives with his family in Oklahoma.
Published June 3, 2004 by Touchstone. 304 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction

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Perhaps so, perhaps not, replies Barker, with his customary caution, while acknowledging that this is “not the safest time to be a Jew in London.” Trailed by his eager assistant, Barker sets about trying to “learn” the murdered student, not by any means an easy task.

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Barker and Llewelyn encounter the early Italian Mafia, a eugenics professor who teeters on the brink of madness, and a host of other fascinating and unforgettable characters --- some of whom are also employed in various capacities by Barker.

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This is the first adventure of Thomas Llewellyn, assistant to Holmes-like private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker in Victorian London.

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