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Six years after solving the mysteries surrounding the death of her father (in The Ruby in the Smoke), Sally Lockhart has set up her own consulting business. But her photographer friend, Fred Garland, has a habit of drawing her into his private detective work owing to her skill in both finances and firearms. When one of Sally's clients loses a large sum of money invested in a shipping firm and Fred encounters a conjurer on the lam from underworld thugs, the two begin to find links in these apparently disparate cases.
Exquisitely written and packed with a wonderfully diverse, often terrifying cast of characters and dark twists and turns of plot, the second installment of the Sally Lockhart trilogy--an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Booklist Editors' Choice, and a nominee for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery--is entirely impossible to put down. Make sure book 3, The Tiger in the Well, is close at hand as you near the end of this one. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Readers first met the intelligent, inquisitive and independent Sally Lockhart in The Ruby in the Smoke. Now comes this second brilliant bauble, perhaps more foreboding and terrifying than the first, thanks to Pullman's care in creating lively, superheroic characters and then, just as heroically, killing them off. Six years after the close of the first book, Sallynow 22 and still galloping over Victorian conventionsis embroiled in high-level business and government fraud; lest this sound dry, there is also a secret weapon ("the shadow" of the title) under development north of London that, in this setting, is as threatening as a nuclear arsenal. The mystery has many more tangled elements than the first tale, but they are all untangled and quite elegantly tied up; readers will weep at the deeds of true villainy and smile through their tears at the close, as they are offered Sally's radiant look to the future, to unfold in a promised final volume of the trilogy. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Philip Pullman shows us his incredible abiltity to weave a fantastic mystery once again in the Shadow in the North. Read morePublished on June 9 2002
If you enjoyed A Ruby in the Smoke you will love the sequel, Shadow in the North. Philip Pullman again uses his extraordinary ability to write mystery books. Read morePublished on April 22 2002 by Amanda from Illinois
... Philip Pullman is probably THE best male author I have ever read, and this series is one of my favorites. Read morePublished on April 18 2002
I really enjoyed the whole trilogy, but this was definately the best!
The story was really well thought out and written in a pleasing tone. Read more
In the second book of this wonderful triolgy Sally Lockhart has set out to retrieve a large sum of money one of her clients has lost. Read morePublished on March 8 2002 by Chole
This book was really good but the ending could have used a little work. It was not as good as the Ruby in the Smoke but if you read that you have to read this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2002 by email@example.com
I really liked this book and would reccomend it to anyone who likes a mystery or a triller. Sally Lockhart is one of the most interesting characters I have ever read. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2001 by sehrish ranjha
The Shadow in the North follows on from Philip Pullman's 'The Ruby in The Smoke'. Sally Lockhard is no longer 16, she's a young, fiercly independent woman with a mystery to... Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2001 by grahamer