Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Mulholland Books Hardcover; 342p ISBN: 9780316323932 Genre: Historical Mystery
David Morrell's MURDER AS A FINE ART was a publishing event. Acclaimed by critics, it made readers feel that they were actually on the fogbound streets of Victorian London. Now the harrowing journey continues in INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD. Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his Confessions of an Opium-Eater,confronts London's harrowing streets to thwart the assassination of Queen Victoria. The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation. This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself. As De Quincey and Emily race to protect the queen, they uncover long-buried secrets and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul. Brilliantly merging historical fact with fiction, Inspector of the Dead is based on actual attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria.
Praise for Inspector of the Dead"Riveting! I literally thought I was in 1855 London. With this mesmerizing series, David Morrell doesnít just delve into the world of Victorian England,he delves into the heart of evil, pitting one manís opium-skewed brilliance against a society where appearances are everything, and the most vicious killers lurk closer than anyone thinks." Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Crash & Burn and The Perfect Husband
What the Victorian Experts Say: "Even better than Murder as a Fine Art. A truly atmospheric and dynamic thriller. I was fascinated by how Morrell seamlessly blended elements from Thomas De Quincey's life and work. The solution is a complete surprise.'" Grevel Lindop, The Opium-Eater: A Life of Thomas De Quincey
"The scope is remarkable. Florence Nightingale, the Crimean War, regicide, the railways, opium, the violence and despair of the London rookeries, medical and scientific innovations, arsenic in the food and clothing,all this makes the Victorian world vivid. The way Morrell depicts Thomas De Quincey places him in front of us, living and breathing. But his daughter Emily is in many ways the real star of the book" Robert Morrison, The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey
"I absolutely raced through it and couldnít bear to put it down. I particularly liked how the very horrible crimes are contrasted with the developing, fascinating relationship between Thomas De Quincey and his daughter, Emily, who come across as extremely real. It was altogether a pleasure." Judith Flanders, The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Reveled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
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About the AuthorDavid Morrell is an Edgar, Nero, Anthony, and Macavity nominee as well as a recipient of the prestigious career-achievement Thriller Master away from the International Thriller Writers. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic espionage novel. The Brotherhood of the Rose, the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. A former literature professor at the University of Iowa, Morrell has a PhD from Pennsylvania State University. His latest novel is INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD, a sequel to his highly acclaimed Victorian mystery/thriller, Murder as a Fine Art, which Publishers Weekly called îone of the top ten mystery/thrillers of 2013.î For more information visit David Morrell's website. You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.
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David Morrell has created quite a page turner. A better than average mystery/thriller. I admit, I have not yet read MURDER AS A FINE ART, but I've recently purchased it, and plan to read it soon.
This book is full of twists and turns. Morrell has combined a murder mystery with Victorian era London, complete with fog filled streets, the Queen and Victorian sensibilities. He has expertly interwoven the characters with an amazing story. I was on the edge of my seat attempting to figure out 'whodunit'. This is not light reading, it is a masterfully told, tense, action packed story with some strange and incredible characters. We vividly experience brutal murders, complete with explicit details of these murders.
Thomas DeQuincey is better than Sherlock Holmes! His thinking process baffles even Scotland Yard.. It's even more impressive when you realize he's a drug addict, a chronic user of laudanum (opium). Emily De Quincey is the star of the book. She is a woman ahead of her time. A follower of the Florence Nightingale teachings and an independent, highly intelligent woman. She works with her father to solve the crime.
You will not be disappointed with this fascinating story!