The Limehouse Text by Will Thomas
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In The Limehouse Text, Barker and Llewelyn discover a pawn ticket among the effects of Barker's late assistant, leading them to London's Chinese district, Limehouse. There they retrieve an innocent-looking book that proves to be a rare and secret text stolen from a Nanking monastery. When they take it to Ho, Barker's favorite restaurateur, for inspection, they discover that it contains lethal martial arts techniques forbidden to the West. With the political situation between the British Empire and Imperial China already precarious, the duo must safeguard the text from a snarl of suspects with conflicting interests -- and track down a killer intent upon gaining the secret knowledge.

Prowling through an underworld of opium dens, back-room blood sports, and sailors' penny hangs while avoiding the wrath of the district's powerful warlord, Mr. K'ing, Barker and Llewelyn take readers on a perilous tour through the mean streets of turn-of-the-century London.

About 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 July 5, 2006 by Touchstone. 354 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Convincing period detail and memorable characters lift Thomas's fast and furious third Victorian whodunit (after 2005's To Kingdom Come ) to feature enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his callow assistant, Thomas Llewelyn.

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The adventures of Thomas Llewelyn, assistant to Victorian-era “enquiry agent” (private detective) Cyrus Barker, continue with a search through London’s Chinese district of Limehouse for a stolen martial arts book.

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Historical Novel Society

Thomas Llewelyn works for the Victorian enquiry agent Cyrus Baker, a mysterious man versed in the Oriental arts, with links to London’s Chinatown district of Limehouse.

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in a surprising twist, it appears that someone has used one of the techniques from the book to try to kill Barker.

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