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The Lamplighter


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Anthony O'Neill is the son of an Irish policeman and an Australian stenographer. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.


Set in gas-lit, fog-bound Edinburgh in the late 1800s, O'Neill's second novel is a gothic adventure in the spirit of Robert Louis Stevenson or John Buchan. Four men are murdered, disfigured horribly by an invisible killer, with no apparent connection or motive. And what does the ethereal Evelyn Todd know about the murders? Whilst police inspector Carus Groves is keen to prove himself capable of solving the baffling case, philosophy professor Thomas McKnight and his friend Joseph Cavanan start their own investigation, using very different methods. Whilst slow to get going, this story gradually sucks you in, with plenty of atmosphere and local colour. As a combination of well-researched historical novel, crime procedural and spooky, supernatural mystery, it will appeal to a wide audience. Fans of other historical crime writers like Caleb Carr and Laurie King should enjoy this book, and given its very cinematic sense of place I wouldn't be surprised if someone adapts it for a Sunday night telemovie. Tim Coronel is the editorial coordinator of AB&P. C. 2002 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors.


[A] stunning American achievement worthy of Highsmith.

"Kirkus Reviews"

As terrifying as a child's nightmares -- and as wonderful as waking from them.

Stephen Booth

Author of "Black Dog" and "Blood on the Tongue"O'Neill's chillingly atmospheric story of evil and the power of the imagination adds new terrors to the gothic, gaslit depths of Edinburgh's past. Follow his tale through these streets only if you dare. You may not come back alive.

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