"Despite the Noble Savage bit, and the fact that Tom's role in the tale is largely a passive one as his associates do most of the fighting and deduction, fans of Pullman's Victorian tales may enjoy the similar level of violence and almost tangibly miasmic setting. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Priestly pours generous measures of Dickens and Doyle (Sir Arthur Conan, that is) into this melodramatic murder mystery, set amid the vividly rendered stews of 18th-century London.
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