Inspector of the Dead
Thomas and Emily De Quincey 2
By David Morrell
The second Thomas De Quincey mystery from prizewinner David Morrell: a return to the gaslit streets of Victorian London for a case of murder and assassination that brilliantly blends historical fact with crime fiction.
The year is 1855. The Crimean war is raging. The British government has fallen. The Empire itself hangs in the balance.
And then the murders start...
Someone is targeting members of London's elite - leaving with each corpse the names of men who failed to assassinate Queen Victoria. It's clear that Victoria will be the ultimate victim. As the notorious Opium-Eater Thomas De Quincey and his daughter Emily race to save her, they uncover the heart-breaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul.
Based on actual attempts to assassinate the queen, Inspector of the Dead brilliantly merges fact with fiction, bringing a bloody chapter of Victorian England to vivid, pulse-pounding life.
David Morrell is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become the successful Rambo film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. His numerous international bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fraternity of the Stone and The League of Night and Fog. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker awards as well as the International Thriller Writers' prestigious Thriller Master award.
Visit his website at davidmorrell.net, or follow him on Twitter @_DavidMorrell.
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26 Mar 2015
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Riveting! With this mesmerizing series, David Morrell doesn't just delve into the world of Victorian England - he delves into the heart of evil, pitting one man's opium-skewed brilliance against a society where appearances are everything...and the most vicious killers lurk closer than anyone thinks. — Lisa Gardner, author of Fear Nothing
Morrell expertly captures in prose the economic and political divisions of Victorian society, but he leavens his social commentary with moments of high adventure. — Kirkus Reviews
A feat of brilliant storytelling — Huffington Post
Murder as a Fine Art was fantastic, and Inspector of the Dead is even better...Morrell is darkly inventive with the murders and cleverly mines very real history...The author brings each character back to life, and they spring fully formed from the page...I dare you to put this down once you've picked it up! — My Bookish Ways
Praise for MURDER AS A FINE ART — .
A gaslit gallop through Victorian London — Financial Times
A terrific read. As one would expect of Morrell, it is compulsive and thrilling, but its use of de Quincey also allows for discursions that are both funny and touching - de Quincey and his daughter are great additions to the detective stage, and I hope we will have a lot more of them to come. — Judith Flanders, author of The Invention of Murder
[An] exceptional historical mystery...page-flipping action, taut atmosphere, and multifaceted characters — Booklist
Shockingly real...Morrell's thorough and erudite research of the people and culture of the British Empire's heyday informs every page. A literary thriller that pushes the envelope of fear — Associated Press
Masterful...brilliantly plotted....evokes 1854 London with such finesse that you'll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones — Entertainment Weekly
Brilliant. Everything works - the horrifying depiction of the murders, the asides explaining the impact of train travel on English society, nail-biting action sequences - making this book an epitome of the intelligent page-turner. — Publishers Weekly