[A] page-turning thriller . . . For maximum enjoyment: surrender, reader.
Every word of fiction Carr has produced seems to have been written in either direct or indirect conversation with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, even those that take place in contemporary times, like this one. . . . allows Carr to deploy his indisputable gift for the gothic and the macabre, and the pursuit is suspenseful and believable.
An addictive contemporary crime procedural. . . . The story is imaginative and fulfilling, along the way revealing how so many are left in the shadows even in a prosperous nation . . . It is hard to resist a character with such eloquent charm and a story with such deep meaning/
[A] long-awaited return.
Edgar Allan Poe would have understood this book and hailed it a masterpiece. . . . A terrific story with a great setting and a very modern social message.