Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Troupe looks promising (due out in February on Orbit, £8.99).
“George Carole ran away from home to join the Vaudeville circuit. Sixteen years old, uncommonly gifted at the piano, he falls in with a strange troupe – even for Vaudeville. Under the eye of the enigmatic Silenus, George comes to realise that the members of the troupe are more than they appear to be. And their travels have a purpose that runs deeper than entertainment.”
Robert Jackson Bennett is the author or the acclaimed Mr Shivers (2010).