By Charles Finch

On any given day in London, all Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, desires to do is sit back in his inner most learn with a cup of tea, a roaring hearth and a superb ebook. but if his lifelong pal woman Jane asks for his support, Lenox can't face up to one other probability to solve a secret, whether it potential trudging throughout the snow to her townhouse subsequent door.

One of Jane's former servants, Prudence Smith, is useless – an obvious suicide. yet Lenox suspects whatever way more sinister: homicide, through an extraordinary and lethal poison. the home the place the woman labored is stuffed with suspects, and even though Prudence dabbled with the hearts of quite a lot of males, Lenox is baffled by way of an elusive loss of purpose within the girl's death.

When one other physique turns up throughout the London season's most trendy ball, Lenox needs to untangle an internet of loyalties and animosities. used to be it jealousy that killed Prudence? Or was once it anything else solely, whatever that Lenox by myself can discover sooner than the killer moves back – disturbingly with reference to domestic?

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The Badge (Webb) Authored by Jack Webb in 1958, the star and producer of radio and TV’s Dragnet, this recounting of the day-to-day life of the LAPD had a great influence on Ellroy. Each chapter of The 24 • Baker, Frederick “Fat Dog” Badge profiles a different officer, from the patrolman on the beat, “The Captain,” and “the Inspector” to the members of the Police Commission. The tone of Webb’s books echoes that of Dragnet itself, mixing the mundane, sometimes thankless drudgery of police work with hardwon heroics and humble stoicism.

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