Skip to main content

Critical Praise

“BY GASLIGHT is Steven Price’s extraordinary historical novel, finely written and deeply researched, about the period just following the Civil War, the son of America’s most famous detective (Allen Pinkerton), and a cast of truly powerful characters, half-mad and all dangerous.” 

—Alan Furst, author of NIGHT SOLDIERS

“Steven Price has done a daring thing: taken a long look at a complex, utterly fascinating 19th-century crime. Price’s gift for unraveling a terrific yarn shines through. Give this book a try.” 

—Caleb Carr, author of THE ALIENIST

“This sweeping tale of the unforgettable William Pinkerton and Adam Foole thrusts the reader into smoky Victorian London with all its grit and glitter. Uniting the literary grace and depth of William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy with the intrigue and momentum of a Sherlock Holmes story, BY GASLIGHT is completely absorbing --- an epic, brilliantly written novel to rank with the world’s best.” 

—Jacqueline Baker, author of THE BROKEN HOURS

“A poetic, persuasive pea-souper. Think Dickens with Maigret’s whiskers.” 

—Anakana Schofield, author of MARTIN JOHN

“A dark tale of love, betrayal and murder that reaches from the slums of Victorian London to the diamond mines in South Africa, to the American Civil War and back. Superb storytelling.” 

—Kurt Palka, author of the PIANO MAKER