MYSTERY

Who Speaks for the Damned

Berkley. (Sebastian St. Cyr, Bk. 15). Apr. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9780399585685. $26. M
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In Harris’s latest installment of the long-running series (after Who Slays the Wicked), Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, has reached a level of peace and fulfillment, at least in his personal life, that is surprising based on where he began in What Angels Fear. He still has his demons, as evidenced by his passionate and sometimes violent investigation into the murder of Nicholas Hayes. To St. Cyr, Hayes represents the darker road not taken, as they were both younger sons who fell from society and were falsely accused of heinous crimes. But Hayes was ruined, convicted, and transported, then murdered, possibly by someone who arranged for, and certainly benefited from, the false conviction that took everything from him. St. Cyr pursues his investigation from cheap dockside flash houses all the way to the halls of power, no matter who gets in his way or tries to dissuade him. His quest for the truth exposes the darkness that the glitter of the Regency tries its best to hide.
VERDICT Highly recommended for lovers of historical mystery, readers who can’t resist a dark, complex but redeemed hero, and anyone looking to see justice done. [See Prepub Alert, 9/23/19.]

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