What the Devil Knows

Berkley. (Sebastian St. Cyr, Bk. 16). Apr. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780593102664. $26. M
In this latest entry in Harris’s long-running historical mystery series, a spate of gruesome killings leads Sebastian St. Cyr to a series of much less remarkable murders which cover up a network of criminal activity that reaches from upper-level government circles all the way down to the poorest quarters of London’s East End. It’s obvious to St. Cyr that either there’s a copycat to the infamous Radcliffe Highway murders, or the wrong man was convicted and executed for the Radcliffe murders three years ago. In his investigation, he is led to the inexorable conclusion that the answer could, quite possibly, be both. And that someone is willing to attack St. Cyr’s family to keep that secret—and many others—as quiet as the grave.
VERDICT The St. Cyr series, and this entry in particular (following Who Speaks for the Damned), is highly recommended for readers who want their history appropriately dark and gritty, their politics dirty and corrupt, and their mystery fascinating, convoluted, and just as relevant now as it was then. Sebastian St. Cyr, with his foot in the aristocracy and his eye on justice, is a hero to be followed into whatever dark corner he investigates.
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