Doktor Glass

Doktor Glass

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"In an age of zeppelins and gyroplanes, atomics and horseless carriages, the Transatlantic Span is the industrial marvel of the nineteenth century. A monumental feat of engineering, the steel suspension bridge stretches across the Atlantic from Liverpool to the distant harbor of New York City, supported by no less than seven hundred towers. But in the shadows of its massive struts, on the docks of the River Mersey, lies a faceless corpse... Inspector Matthew Langton is still seized with grief when he thinks of Sarah, his late wife. Tortured by nightmares and afflicted by breathless attacks of despair and terror, he forces himself to focus on the investigation of the faceless man. The victim wears the uniform of the Transatlantic Span Company but bears the tattoos of the Boers--could there be a Boer conspiracy to assassinate Queen Victoria on the upcoming inauguration day of the Span? But the truth, as it begins to emerge, is far more bizarre than a political coup. As additional victims turn up--all with strange twin burn marks on their necks--Langton draws a connection between the dead man beneath the bridge and chilling rumors of the Jar Boys, soul snatchers who come under cover of night. Most frightening of all is the mythic and elusive Doktor Glass, who not only may be behind the illicit trade in souls...but may hold the key to what happened to the inspector's own beloved wife on her deathbed.."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2013
Edition: Ace trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780425258170
0425258173
Characteristics: 314 p. ; 23 cm

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ChristchurchLib Apr 17, 2016

A faceless corpse lies on the recently completed Transatlantic Span, the vast suspension bridge that connects Liverpool and New York City. Assigned to the case is newly widowed police Inspector Matthew Langton. The investigation quickly takes a turn for the supernatural, bringing Langton into the orbit of a gang of soul-stealers known as Jar Boys and their shadowy patron, Doktor Glass, who may be connected to the body on the bridge, as well as the death of Langton's own wife. Steampunk fans who enjoy a good police procedural should enjoy this alternate world, Victorian-themed whodunit.

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