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A captivating tale focused on the early career of a certain Giles Lestrade. It provides us with a fascinating insight into the private life of this much-loved Canonical character. Lestrade is a newly promoted rookie inspector who takes the lead in investigating the disappearance of a young boy. As the case unfolds, he convinces his seasoned inspector colleagues to lend their weight to a wider investigation of a gang of “slavers”.
The characters in the book are very well drawn. I particularly liked the inclusion of Lestrade’s sister, Kristina, who helps to hold up a mirror to her talented, but socially awkward, brother. Through their relationship we learn lots about Lestrade’s difficult childhood and determination to see that justice is done. This is a great first novel and I look forward to reading subsequent tales of the very capable Inspector Lestrade.
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Lestrade realized abruptly that he was not alone. He turned to face his assailants. Outnumbered, he braced himself for an unfair fight with no delusions of winning. Light glinted off metal as one of the men drew a blade, and Lestrade realized that he was in for more than just a beating – these men fully intended to kill him.
London. 1867. Against the advice of his senior partner and mentor, newly promoted Inspector Lestrade agrees to look into a case no one else wants, only to find that there is more to investigate than a simple disappearance, and that his fellow Inspectors may not be as trustworthy as they seem. Determined to carry on, uncertain who to trust, Lestrade faces danger and corruption both in the city-and within Scotland Yard itself.