am 20. Dezember 2012
Ich habe dieses Buch und auch die nachfolgenden Bücher der Serie mit großem Vergnügen gelesen.
Der Ermittler Hawkwood, der recht düster daherkommt, ist auf den zweiten Blick eine sehr sympathische Hauptperson, der es großen Spaß macht, "zuzusehen".
Das Buch ist enorm spannend mit einem mitreißendem Finale!
Wer dieses Buch liest, hat die Möglichkeit, eine sehr unterhaltsame Reihe von Hawkwood-Abenteuern zu entdecken!
am 29. September 2009
As a big fan of historical mysteries, I snapped up two of James mcGee's books on a used basis. I received the second in the series first .. and put it aside after one chapter. Days later Ratcatcher arrived per post and I started it with a little skepsis. Soon the story had me in its grip. Hawkwood, the Bow Street Runner protagonist, has an interesting background - many details of which were revealed in this first of the series. The book also doesn't lack atmosphere - one can almost smell the horrible slum areas of then London. The bad guys were suitably creepy, which added to the suspense. Additional details to the plot are already summarized above. Needless to say, I look forward to the next in the series ... and will hopefully learn even more about what makes Hawkwood tick!
am 17. November 2010
I thought this was going to be a "Jack Reacher" set in Victorian times and indeed the blurb gave that impression. While the writing is very good and one does get a feel for how life was back in those times, my big problem was that the "Hero" was essentially useless. In the book people keep mentioning how great he is, but all he manages to do is get beaten up constantly and then rescued by others, everything he finds out he finds out by accident or, again, with help from others. I realised this half way through and kept waiting for him to actually DO something, but the Hero continues to be nothing more than a victim of circumstance. Very frustrating and in the end there is no connection at all to the main character, leaving the book empty and without emotion.