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Publisher's Summary

Sally Lockhart, trying to put her troubled past behind her after her fiance's death, has settled into a comfortable life with her daughter, Harriet, her career, and her London friends. But her world comes crashing down around her when a complete stranger claims to be both her husband and Harriet's father, casting doubt on her spotless reputation. 

Seeking the answers to this terrible dilemma, Sally realizes with growing horror that there is a guiding hand behind all this deceit; someone who hates her so passionately that he has devoted years to bringing about her ruin. She has no choice but to escape with her child into the crime-ridden slums of London's East End. Suddenly it isn't only Sally's reputation that is in danger. 

Don't miss any of the Sally Lockhart mysteries.
©1991 Philip Pullman (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"The writing style is lively and direct, and there's lots of action. While Sally's story is for mature readers, it is never sordid or sensational. This is a suspense novel with a conscience, and a most enjoyable one." (School Library Journal)
"A suspenseful, textured mystery. Especially fine is his use of details, 19th-century London comes alive here. Remarkable, too, is the way Pullman interweaves subplots....Those who have enjoyed Sally's adventures before, as well as those new to the series, will find this a fascinating read, pulsing with life." (Booklist)

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Dark, but compelling

This very well read (Anton Lesser) edition of the third of Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart trilogy is, like the other works in the series, rather darker than one quite expects, and not everyone or everything is better in the end. In other words, far more like real life than most. The story is compelling, the characters (mostly new in this book) are interesting and unexpected. The book can certainly be read standalone - there's really no requirement to read the earlier volumes - but some of the context is, obviously, lost.

This suspensefull and compelling novel is set in 19th century London, with a back drop of the pogroms in Eastern Europe and the non-entity of women. Sally is an independent financial advisor, with a child and no husband, who is thrust from her relatively privileged position into the East End. Her determination to survive, to protect her child and her reputation, and to overcome her enemy are mixed with the learning process of a privileged Londoner suddenly finding herself very much a part of the open sewer that was the East End. Where she makes new friends and unexpected allies in her fight.

Compelling listening, I found myself finding excuses to go on long drives so I could listen to this book. Highly recommended.

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Excellent narration, a bit lacking plot

Positive things first: Anton Lesser is a wonderful narrator, he is one of my absolute favorites on Audible and would be reason alone to get this book.

I am not very impressed with plot though, somehow it has less thrill, less color and mood then first and second books, it is very predictable and it gets to the point of being really annoying to hear about a "Mystery" which is really none for hours and hours. Secondly, it is really heavy on socialism. This is a bit personal but I grew up in country with "advanced socialism" and I know how it looks and feels, how the system punishes any kind of initiative and forces everyone to be "equal" if they like it or not. While I understand how it arose among injustice of 19th century, it still represents a red flag to me because I know what it leads to.

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dashing and delightful

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Shadow in the north is the best of the trilogy

Book of dust was incredible, from a different Pullman universe, but incredible. Shadow in the north, this books predecessor and the second in the Lockheart trilogy, was also incredible. This one is not as good. All the same elements and same type of story--and still a very good story at that--or not as good as SITN. Or book of dust which was--again, a very similar type of story--but from the lyra/his dark materials trilogy. But those two are awesome. Also, if you haven't, do check out Pullman's short story "clockwork". a masterpiece of the genre.

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good book - incredibly good narration

While I agree that this may not be Philip Pullman's best book, it was very entertaining - not one dull moment, non-stop action and fascinating characters. And, as with every audio book I've listened to that's narrated by Anton Lesser, I was dazzled by his skill. He really creates people out of thin air. He conjures up a two-year old girl as beautifully as an elderly man, and he really seems to become the people. When Lesser narrates he even distracts from minor plot holes. It's a joy to listen to the range of accents he masters.

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not up to snuff

Overall this trilogy is interesting, but definitely not Phillip Pullman's best work. This final book in the trilogy is extremely predictable - as if we didn't know who Sally Lockhart's biggest enemy was after reading the first two books in the series. I'm not a practiced mystery reader, but there were no surprises, not even the final methods of escape and redemption. In addition, the entire first half of the book is a seemingly endless tale of unfairness and suffering, which gets old very fast. The narration is fantastic, though, which is why I gave it 3 stars. I guess I would find it hard not to buy the final book of a trilogy, but be forewarned that it's pretty disappointing.

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Philip Pullman.... I hang on every word

love love love, just amazing.... every word every twist was perfectly executed.... to this day my favorite author

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great young adult fiction.

it was a bit of a slow start and a little over the top and all the travails of the heroin but this is what young adult fiction is like. I wish some of these books were a little more realistic in their characters, but it's nice to have a female heroine who has strength of character

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I was very disapointed.

I watched The Sally Lockheart Mysteries on Brit Box. There were 2 episidoes that seem to correspond with book 1 and 2 of the series. I then wanted the 3rd book, so I listened to it and it was a disaster. I enjoyed the first two but not book #3. Was glad when it came to an improbable, painful conclusion.

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A Well Named Novel

I am really enjoying Phillip Pullman’s novels during this period of sheltering at home. Anton Lesser brings the characters to life, and it is a treat to escape into Sally Lockhart’s adventures. The title is cleverly apt, a theme woven into every chapter but made explicit only toward the end.