Dimensions: 368 pages, 3.74 × 2.56 × 0.49 in
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown And Company
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0316216798
ISBN - 13: 9780316216791
About the Book
Memoirist Thomas De Quincey is the prime suspect in a series of horrific murders that paralyze London. Desperate to prevent more atrocities but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his brilliant daughter, Emily, as well as two determined Scotland Yard detectives.
From the Publisher
ALA Reading List Award for Best Mystery GASLIT LONDON IS BROUGHT TO ITS KNEES IN DAVID MORRELL''S BRILLIANT HISTORICAL THRILLER. Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier. The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey''s essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts." Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives. In Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.
About the Author
David Morrell is best known for his debut 1972 novel First
Blood, which would later become the successful Rambo film
franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. He has written 28 novels,
and his work has been translated into 26 languages. He is also a
former professor of American Literature at the University of Iowa
and received his PhD from Penn State.
" Murder as a Fine Art is a masterpiece-I don''t use that
word lightly-a fantastic historical thriller, beautifully written,
intricately plotted, and populated with unforgettable characters.
It brilliantly re-creates the London of gaslit streets, fogs,
hansom cabs, and Scotland Yard. If you liked The Alienist,
you will absolutely love this book. I was spellbound from the first
page to last."
-Douglas Preston, coauthor of the #1 bestseller