The Anatomy of Evil
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Do these books need to be read in order? Mary Duvall I think so if you are interested in the characters and how they develop. See 1 question about Anatomy of Evil…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters.
Sort order. May 25, Glen rated it really liked it Shelves: sherlockiana , historical-fiction , mystery. He and Llewlyn take over Scotland Yard and comb the byways of London looking for the killer. For once, it seems like there is a great many English people in England, as opposed to the prior books, where it seemed like London was populated by everybody BUT the English.
This novel focuses mostly on the poor people living there, and fair enough, as there were quite a lot of them. The Ripper is in line with the current prevailing theory, which is also more than fair. First Sentence: I understand it is said in scientific circles that if one attempts to boil a frog, it will jump out of the pot, but it one raises the temperature of the water slowly it will never notice the difference until it is too late. As usual, I was merely trying to get from point A, January 1, to point B, December 31, in one solid and very much living piece.
Anatomy of Evil
The characters of Llewelyn, the narrator, and Barker, his employer, are wonderful and fascinating. Thomas takes us down the sordid streets of Whitechapel and into the Jewish Ghetto. Barker is a rather enigmatic, yet beguiling, character. He is an encyclopedia of skills, knowledge and Biblical quotations. With both, we have learned bits of their background in previous books, yet learn even more in this entry to the series.
That is not to say that new readers will feel lost or confused. There are ample bits of information to bring these characters fully to life. Thomas excels at including real places and people into the story in a completely realistic manner. This gives veracity to the story. One also appreciates the Afterword providing information as to what happens with each of these figures. Ninety minutes, five thousand and four hundred seconds subtracted from my life.
Shakespeare could have perfected a sonnet in that time, and Mozart a short libretto, if not a full score. Not that Thomas Llewelyn could have written a sonnet or libretto, but I might have at least enjoyed the chance. Thomas is an author who educates readers on a vast array of subjects, as well as entertains.
He has taken a much-trod subject and made it unique.
He has humanized the victims in a way not previously done. He can be plenty even on his own. Not even Christianity. It certainly leaves readers ready and anxious for the next book. Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! Where I felt the previous book in this series lacked a strong sense of setting, I was thrilled to find myself immersed in the heart of 19th century Whitechapel with this one.
Once again, the author seamlessly blends historical fact with literary invention to create an intriguing tale which kept me coming back for more. What is new with this one is that it is very much Llewelyn's story in a way that the others have not been, an Now this is the gritty Victorian London I have come to know and love! What is new with this one is that it is very much Llewelyn's story in a way that the others have not been, and it is interesting to see his character fully realized.
I also found this one to contain some of the most beautiful writing I have read from this author, at the scene of Catherine Eddowes's burial. I'm so glad I read this one and looking forward to more in the series. Feb 22, Melinda rated it it was amazing.
A nice twist on the usual cases - and a good mix of fiction and fact in these pages. There is good and bad in this book. The bad first. This is a serial killer novel, serial killer novels have been done to death, and at their heart all serial killer novels are based on the Jack the Ripper story. The good is this is a Will Thomas book. Writing in a style similar to authors from that era only enhances the richness of his stories. View all 3 comments. Jun 17, Faith rated it liked it Shelves: audio , overdrive. This series usually involves more unique crimes, but this one treads the tired territory of Jack the Ripper.
I no longer want to read about mutilated women and autopsies. I also thought it was a mistake to incorporate Barker and Llewelyn into Scotland Yard. They should not have to follow procedures or deal with the bureaucracy. This was my least favorite of the series. However, I've read all of the previous books and still like the characters so I will continue with the series.
Aug 18, Michael Austin rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in After Fatal Inquiry , I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes. I love the series. But I only liked this book. One reason that I did not love it is that it deals largely with historical facts in a way that is not really historical. Thomas inserts his detectives into the famous Whitechapel murders "Jack the Ripper" and puts them alongside the actual his After Fatal Inquiry , I think, the Baker and Llewelyn series now stands as one of the best historical mystery series currently running and as the best one set in Victorian London--the world of Sherlock Holmes.
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Thomas inserts his detectives into the famous Whitechapel murders "Jack the Ripper" and puts them alongside the actual historical detectives interviewing the actual historical suspects, one of whom really did commit the crime in ways that don't really fit the history. At this point, the novel becomes alternative history, since, on our timeline, the murders really are unsolved. But the author's desire to make this as historically accurate as possible before the denouement makes for a clunky murder mystery.
It requires too many blind alleys and extraneous information--because that is how the real Whitechapel murder investigation unfolded. And what will that mean for the rest of us? Stone discusses how an increased understanding of the causes of evil will affect the justice system. He predicts a day when certain persons can safely be declared salvageable and restored to society and when early signs of violence in children may be corrected before potentially dangerous patterns become entrenched.
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