The story has a pace and intensity which I have rarely found in an English novel.
The authenticity of the characters gives them an intelligent voice, from a section of society rarely heard from accept through caricature. Great historical and technical detail, overlaid with social realism makes for a great read. John Chase is a new English hero.
by Nigel Cushion
Smoke Chase is a devilishly good historical piece of fiction and a highly entertaining murder mystery. With a somber and socially restless Victorian atmosphere in the background, Mr. Callan 's delightful plot takes us down a twisty path full of finally drawned characters and great dialogues. This was an unputdownable winner from start to finish. To be enjoyed without moderation
by NetGalley review