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Title:A Christmas Odyssey
Authors:Anne Perry
Info:Ballantine Books (2010), Edition: Book Club, Hardcover, 208 pages
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Henry Rathbone, father of Sir Oliver Rathbone (a well-known character from the William Monk series) is asked to help find a friend's son. It seems that Lucien Wentworth is no longer the wholesome lad Henry remembers. Lucien has been very busy trotting down the road to hell: vice, sin, debauchery, etc. Mr. Wentworth can't find his son because his son just dives more deeply into the seamier side of London when his father goes looking for him.

Our gentle and intellectual mathematician has sense enough to find himself a tour guide: former brother keeper turned respectable Squeaky Robinson (who doesn't like his given name, so he doesn't give it to Rathbone) of Hester Monk's Portpool Lane Clinic. They seek out Crow, who is not officially a doctor, but has considerable medical knowledge. It's a good thing they brought him along because, by the time they find Lucien, he's not exactly the picture of health.

Squeaky gets to mentally contrast his unsavory past with his respectable present. (I gave a brief snicker at Squeaky's indignation over his behavior when he kept a bawdy house compared to one of the sad, sick places they visit.) I liked the way Squeaky treated young Bessie as a proper girl, not potential merchandise. Poor Henry is definitely out of his depth. Without Squeaky and Crow, he'd not have made it through the first night. Still, Henry has more of use to contribute than just his money.

The mysterious Ash, the extremely evil Shadwell, and Sadie, cocaine-addicted beauty who has been leading Lucien down into Shadwell's grip, have their roles. The climax was very dangerous. Not everyone in that room gets out alive.

I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't think about Lucien's name until the fourth CD, when Henry was thinking about the man's father.

The West End scenes are not for the faint of heart. ( )
  JalenV | Feb 21, 2014 |
Another Christmas novella enjoyed in my Christmas reading relaxation~
mystery and adventure in a Victorian London, well depicted by veteran author, Anne Perry. Not a light/easy reading type story - this one takes us on an underground search for a missing son who has fallen prey to his own human desires without thought for the consequences.
Story of a father's love and longing and the help of a friend who cares enough to actively respond... ( )
  FHC | Jun 13, 2013 |
Love Anne Perry--her detailed descriptions from facial expression to mannerisms to dress are incredible. The book was interesting because it really delved into the darker side of life. ( )
  dragonflydee1 | Apr 3, 2013 |
Decided to return this to the library and check it out again closer to Christmas, since I'm about to go on a "library fast" to read books I have at home.
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
Henry Rathbone is entreated by a friend to find his son,Lucien, who has fallen into depravity and is lost in the dregs of London. With help from acquaintances of his own son, Henry dives into the London underground for his quest.

The adventures of all lead to an expected conclusion but still satisfactory. ( )
  cyderry | Dec 22, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345518586, Hardcover)

In her beloved Christmas novels, Anne Perry brings readers both the authentic Victorian charm and the nail-biting suspense that have made her Thomas Pitt and William Monk tales bestsellers for a generation. Though rife with intrigue, these special seasonal stories beam with the blessed light of the holiday.

Ten days before Christmas, as an icy wind cuts through London, wealthy James Wentworth feels not joy but grief. His reckless son, Lucien, has been lured into a deadly world of drugs and wild passion. Wentworth’s only hope, he believes, is his old friend Henry Rathbone, who volunteers to search for the prodigal son. Rathbone knows nothing of the sensation-obsessed underworld where Lucien now dwells, but he acquires two unexpected new companions who do: Squeaky Robinson, a reformed brothel-keeper who now works in Hester Monk’s medical clinic, and Crow, a mysterious slum doctor who turns no one away, however undeserving.

Slowly this odd trio gathers clues—about Lucien’s mad infatuation with a beautiful woman named Sadie, and about Shadwell, the ruthless man who owns her and, like the Devil, never lets go of one of his own. Rathbone, Squeaky, and Crow even welcome into their little band a most valuable recruit: young Bessie, a teenager whose courage holds fast even in the depths of the slum. And so they set forth on their odyssey into London’s dark streets, on a mission whose outcome they cannot begin to guess.

Anne Perry’s novels are supreme masterpieces of suspense, and A Christmas Odyssey ranks with the very best. The days leading up to Christmas may prove to be fraught with challenges, but ’tis the season for comfort and joy and miracles.

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Just before the Christmas holiday, distinguished London mathematician Henry Rathbone comes to the aid of an old friend whose son Lucien has gone missing. Enlisting the aid of Squeaky Robinson and Crow, Henry soon discovers that Lucien may be involved with a murdered prostitute and a major drugs dealer.… (more)

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