Treachery at Lancaster Gate

Treachery at Lancaster Gate

A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

Book - 2016
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"Gripping and provocative, the latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry peers unflinchingly into the corrupt affairs of Victorian society on the brink of the century's turn. The world is poised for social and political change, but England holds tight to its traditions, classes, and prejudices. When an explosion in London kills two policemen and seriously injures three more, many believe that anarchists are the culprits. But Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, knows the city's radical groups well enough to suspect that someone with decidedly more personal motives lit the deadly fuse. As he investigates the source of the fatal blast, Pitt is stunned to discover that the bombing was a calculated strike against the ranks of law enforcement. But still more shocking revelations await, as Pitt's inquiries lead him to a member of Parliament hoping for a lucrative business deal, a high-ranking police officer with secrets to keep, and an aristocratic opium addict seeking murderous revenge. As he pursues each increasingly threatening lead, Pitt finds himself impeded at every turn by the barriers put in place to protect the rich and powerful--barriers that, as they start to crumble, threaten to bury him alive."--
Publisher: New York, New York : Ballantine Books, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781101886328
Characteristics: 288 pages ;,25 cm.

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maciaslady
Dec 08, 2016

This book was quite a fast read. For those familiar with the series, I thought the author spent less time developing the characters and their situations and a bit more time than usual on the plot and the action. Like other reviewers I found the plot very timely with themes of police corruption, terrorists, immigration, and global unrest. Another excellent installment in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. Anne Perry never disappoints with her fascinating, detailed portrayal of the lifestyles and times of Victorian England. I loved reading this, and I think her fans will enjoy it as well.

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jeffreyochsner
Sep 14, 2016

This book starts slowly, but it gets better and better until it ends with a dramatic plot twist! Although this book takes place in Victorian England, there are many parallels to our times: fear of bombing by anarchists (terrorists), fear of immigrants and people who look different and have different religions, fear of police corruption, drug addiction, politicians who play on people's fears for personal and political advantage, etc. As always in this series, the recurring characters are interesting and admirable. This series should be read in order, but if you have read the earlier books, please stick with this one to the end. You will be glad you did!

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readerpat
Jun 05, 2016

Another good mystery story full of police corruption, divided loyalties and drug addiction.

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