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Murder As A Fine Art

by David Morrell

Little, Brown And Company | May 7, 2013 | Hardcover

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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 memoirConfessions 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.<_u53a_p>

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.

InMurder 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 in

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316216798

ISBN - 13: 9780316216791

Found in: Suspense

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Rated out of 5 by from GREAT HISTORICAL MURDER MYSTERY London has had its share of serial killers over the centuries, but in 1854 someone has decided to recreate one of the most ghastly crime scenes in history – The 1911 Ratcliffe Highway murders. Fingers begin to point at Thomas De Quincy (Confessions of an English Opium-Eater). De Quincy published an essay titled On Murder as One of the Fine Arts seemingly giving details that only the murderer could know, and now, despite his advanced age, poor health and ongoing opium addiction, he must work with the police to try and clear his name. David Morrell can rightly lay claim to the title “Rambo’s dad”. He penned First Blood, the original Rambo book. Known for writing in various genres he is best known to me as an action/thriller writer. This book is a little different from what I am used to. Don’t get me wrong; this book has more than its share of action and thrills, but it is a well-researched taste of life in 1850’s London. He gives his reader a glimpse into police procedure at the time, women’s issues, poverty, class distinction and yes, murder. All of that in a well written fast paced narrative with interesting characters (Emily De Quincy being one of the best female characters I’ve read in a long while) and, some sharp, witty dialogue. There is even a hint of a love story thrown in just to round it out completely. Historical fiction has become more demanding over the past few years. It no longer means simply a piece of writing set in some long ago time with a few accurate tidbits thrown in to provide a setting for the fictional story. Savvy readers now expect the historical facts in the book to be accurate and for authors to do their research. Mr. Morrell has indeed done his homework. I have read a number of historical fiction books that I thought were wonderful, but sometimes I found myself becoming more interested in the historical details than the story itself. This did not happen in this book. Yes the book is rich with the history of the time, but the story still stands strong. Mr. Morrell does not disappoint.
Date published: 2013-05-19

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Murder As A Fine Art

by David Morrell

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 in

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

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 memoirConfessions 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.<_u53a_p>

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.

InMurder 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 novelFirst 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.

Editorial Reviews

" 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 Cold Vengeance