Long Spoon Lane
In this Victorian historical, Perry reminds us that acts of terrorism are not limited to the 21st century. The novel starts off with a bang: a bombing of several row houses, a chase of the anarchists, a standoff with the police and finally the shooting of the underground cell’s leader, the son of a prominent lord. Questions arise as to whether the fellow was murdered by his comrades or by a corrupt policeman. In Perry’s follow-up to Seven Dials (2003), we find Thomas Pitt, a member of the Special Branch, ready to take on this investigation. He is not only eager to uncover the murderer but also any corrupt activity occurring in London’s police force.
Interwoven in this mystery is a political twist, through which the police would be granted extraordinary powers. These changes in the law would allow police to be armed and given liberal rights with search and seizure, as well as to question citizens. It all sounds very similar to the USA Patriot Act, another law created to deter terrorism. If you’re into a light suspense story with home and social life added in, grab this book and enjoy it. For those into more intense mysteries, this may disappoint you.