BY GASLIGHT by Steven Price
This atmospheric tale of loss, obsession and revenge takes us from the diamond mines of South Africa, to the crowded streets of Victorian London and the battlefields of the American Civil War. It is 1885 and William Pinkerton takes up the search for a man who eluded his famous late father for so many years – the infamous Edward Shade. But Shade proves to be as shadowy as his name suggests and there are those who maintain that he doesn’t even exist.
Adam Foole, a gentleman con-man and thief, returns to London in search of a lost love who he learns, has a tenuous connection to this same man, Shade. Slowly their stories begin to converge and both men are thrust together in an unlikely bond.
Price’s brilliant writing allows our senses to smell the decay and stench of the streets and sewers of London, to see and feel the grit under the fingernails of the poor and downtrodden, and to hear the incessant sounds of war on the battlefields of America. This is a novel of epic proportions and leaves the reader in awe of the ability of this writer to create such a stunning work of fiction.