The Black Hand (Paperback)

By Will Thomas

Touchstone Books, 9781416558958, 289pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2008

List Price: 19.99*
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When an Italian assassin's body is found floating in a barrel in Victorian London's East End, enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his assistant Thomas Llewelyn are called in to investigate. Soon corpses begin to appear all over London, each accompanied by a Maf ia Black Hand note. As Barker and Llewelyn dig deeper, they become entangled in the vendettas of rival Italian syndicates -- and it is no longer clear who is a friend or foe.

Praise For The Black Hand

"I've read every book in the series, and loved them. If you love Sherlock Holmes, historical mysteries, or just a good, rousing adventure, you'll love these books, too." -- Laurell K. Hamilton

"With his four Barker and Llewelyn novels, Will Thomas has worked his way up on my personal list of When's the Next One? So I was overjoyed (although not surprised) to find The Black Hand easily living up to the previous adventures of this unlikely, stimulating, colorful pair of investigators. Which leaves me with the question, when's the next one?" -- Laurie R. King, author of Touchstone

"This series is a constant pleasure. Barker and Llewelyn are two of my favorite sleuths, and their Victorian London evokes images of damp fogs and gaslights and muted footsteps on cobblestone streets. What mystery lover could ask for more?" -- Sharon Kay Penman, author of Time and Chance

"Stunning, witty, informative, thrilling -- how often do you get all of those in one book? If you blended the authenticity of Conan Doyle, the research of Caleb Carr and the sheer readability of someone like Grisham, you'd have some idea of the bliss of The Black Hand." -- Ken Bruen, author of The Guards and Priest

"Will Thomas's The Black Hand is what Conan Doyle would write after taking tea with Lee Child. The Barker & Llewelyn series transports you to the fog-shrouded, gaslit streets of Victorian London, then sweeps you away like the Thames at flood tide. This atmospheric historical thriller is as good as it gets." -- Julia Spencer-Fleming, Edgar finalist and author of I Shall Not Want