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The Bloodless Boy by Robert J. Lloyd
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Jul 05, 2022 | ISBN 9781612199511

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A New York Times Best New Historical Novel of 2021

CrimeReads Best Debut Novels of The Month: November 2021

“Potent… Lloyd anchors his thriller’s plot with a real-life historical figure, the polymath natural philosopher Robert Hooke, and gives the bulk of the sleuthing to Hooke’s appealing assistant, Harry Hunt, who delivers a fast-paced finale in a desperate attempt to forestall yet another — and politically disastrous — murder.”The New York Times Book Review

“Everything new is old again — rumor-mongering, disinformation campaigns, religious bigotry — in Robert J. Lloyd’s nifty murder mystery loosely based on real events in Restoration England.” —The Washington Post

“Wonderfully imagined and wonderfully written, this is an impeccable historical mystery, and also a timely and timeless parable about working inside a paranoid and repressive society. Superb!” —Lee Child

“Lloyd’s stunning debut and series launch makes the complex politics of the time feel immediate while integrating them into an engrossing whodunit.”Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Gripping . . . the first in a series that promises to be worth following.” The Sunday Times

“A superb murder mystery… Historical fact and authorial fantasy, in-depth research and intriguing characterisation, make this darkly atmospheric novel an astonishing debut.” The Times (London) Best New Historical Fiction

The Bloodless Boy is hugely entertaining. Robert J Lloyd conjures up a wonderfully convincing Restoration London and the mystery romps along. And the good news is that it is the first in a series.”The Times Crime Club:

The Bloodless Boy is an extraordinary achievement–an almost hallucinatory depiction of 17th century London swimming in political intrigue and the voracious curiosity of early modern scientists.  Rarely does fiction feel so much like time travel.” —Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia

“A fantastic historical mystery set in an utterly fascinating milieu. I really enjoyed this one.” —Adrian McKinty, New York Times bestselling author of The Chain

‘An intriguing confection of history and fiction. The novel cleverly combines murder investigation and political intrigue with the pioneering scientific work of Robert Hooke and his colleagues at the Royal Society. Bravo!’—Andrew Taylor, author of The Ashes of London

“Absolutely gripping. A wonderfully researched and thrilling ride through one of London’s most fascinating epochs.” —Cate Quinn, author of Black Widows

The Bloodless Boy is a gripping and beautifully written history-mystery which brims with atmosphere and menace.” —Martin Edwards, Edgar Award-winning author of The Gallows Court

“Lloyd fuses an infectious love of language and history with spectacular action, an irresistible young hero, and an ingenious mystery. What a delightfully erudite, impeccably well-crafted novel.” —Dan Mayland, author of The Doctor of Aleppo

“It’s extremely difficult to pull off a historical crime novel that manages to be accurate enough, exciting enough and smart enough to satisfy as thoroughly as The Bloodless Boy, but Robert J. Lloyd makes it look easy.” —Christopher Fowler, author of the Bryant and May mysteries

The Bloodless Boy is a cracker that had me gripped from the first chapter and me on edge until the end.” —Julian Woodford, author of The Boss of Bethnal Green

“Lloyd really excels in his descriptions of London, and his understanding of Seventeenth Century science and medicine at the dawn of the Enlightenment.” —Jemahl Evans, author of the Sir Blandford Candy Adventure Series.

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