Legendary thriller writer David Morrell transports readers to the fogbound streets of London, where a killer plots to assassinate 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.
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"Everything [Morrell] writes has a you-are-there quality, and that, combined with his ability to propel characters through a scene, makes reading him like attending a private screening." (Washington Post Book World)
I have to be honest and say that had I known that author David Morrell was the author of "Rambo" I probably would have never picked up the first book in this series; Murder As a Fine Art Murder as a Fine Art, but that would have been a huge mistake.
When I saw the second book Inspector of the Dead as a perused Audible I immediately purchased it last weekend. I started it then, but got side tracked and didn't get back to it until yesterday. Well it was a good thing it was Friday night because I couldn't turn it off until I finished it this morning in the wee hours. WOW! What a ride. First and foremost I adore his characters, and the plot line, it will leave readers in absolute awe. The villain in this book is so diabolical,so tenacious he scared the hell out of me! But as his back story is revealed you almost, almost root for him. As I've only read two of Mr. Morrell's books I can't say if all his books delve so deeply in the psychological aspect of why men do, or can justify their evil. But he does it so well that I feel like I've learned something. Beyond that, he's a master at transporting you back in time. You feel you're in Victorian England in the dead of winter, you feel what it must be like to be always living on the edge when one misfortune could destroy you and your family, this is why I've always loved historical fiction.
I highly recommend Inspector of the Dead. I would be remiss if I didn't also praise Matthew Wolf's narration, he is wonderful. His characterizations, and accents are flawless.
love audio books - Anglophile
This is the second book (the first being "Murder as a Fine Art") in which Thomas De Quincey, his daughter Emily, and detectives Ryan and Becker work together to solve an intriguing string of brutal murders set in 1850s London. De Quincey was a very real person whose "Confessions of an Opium Eater" was mentioned in my high school English class when discussing Coleridge. I never realized he coined the term "subconscious" decades before Freud.
The point of view goes back and forth between the third person and Emily's first person journal. This book has a depth and poignancy that surprised me.The ending was especially satisfying.
I hope Mr. Morrell writes more books with these people/characters. I bought the Kindle version so I could savor the writing and more easily search for passages that were particularly memorable. Be sure to listen to the author's Afterword to appreciate all the research and historical detail that went into the writing of this book.
Less preaching on the evils of humanity. I would have enjoyed less predictably. I kept wondering if the author was giving a sermon or writing a mystery.
Travis, loved mr. Wolf's narration
Characters were well developed and engaging
I love books!
David Morrell is an interesting author, not to mention he was my Lit professor at the University of Iowa. With his Rambo series, I reached a point where I couldn't remember if I'd read his novels based just on the titles, something which usually tells me I've had enough of an author. With the first book in his Victorian Age Thomas De Quencey series, I decided to give the author another chance. The first book, 'Murder as a Fine Art' and this book did not disappoint. You could read this book without reading the first but I always suggest reading books in order in a series. This series will supposedly end as a trilogy so one more book to come. In this second book, the author concocts a tale where De Quencey and his daughter get involved in trying to solve the mystery of a man who is killing lots of people and learn he eventually intends to murder Queen Victoria as the coup de grace in his revenge plot. I read where one of the author's goals in this trilogy is to come as close as possible in marrying fact and fiction in a novel. I'm guessing David Morrell really enjoyed himself in writing this novel. I know I enjoyed listening to it.
I thought this book was solid but the basic premise of the story was too similar to his first book 'Murder as a Fine Art'. It felt too derivative, partly, as only seven weeks separates the events in the two books internal chronology, which was a very odd choice for the author to make (two serial killers inspired by the past in seven weeks, not that likely even for fiction). It felt like he was trying to generate a second novel out of the same material as the first and it came out a little thin.
The performance of the story was very good and I did basically enjoy listening but I liked Murder as a Fine Art much more.
Summery, difficult second album, but I will buy the third book.
I am a voracious reader of all fiction genres and poetry. I occasionally venture into humor, history, and science. I loathe self-help books.
The author took great pains to achieve historical accuracy (he pompously describes his efforts in the afterword), unfortunately, character development suffers. I was hoping the characters would be fleshed out in the second book, but they remained one dimensional. I knew exactly how each character would react in every situation. I began to experience tedium and boredom after the first hour. I did finish the book, but I won't read or listen to a subsequent book. This book might be enjoyed by a reader who favors fiction heavy with historical detail.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
What I really enjoy about this series is the way the author's thorough research into the life and times of Quincy enriches and actually propels the plot, not just providing atmosphere. As described, you get the feeling that this story could only have happened in that time and place, that moment in history. The plot twists and dovetailing of fact and fiction are wonderfully entertaining. Very good read.
Excellent historical research and a story with surprising twists and turns. I highly recommend it!
Crazy about mysteries.
Liked the interweaving of fact with fiction and the different writing styles. Raw sorrow and revenge. Detailed Victorian everyday life.
No. It's long and a little tiresome at times, but it's good.
I really like the characters!
The narrator is good. I enjoy his speed and enthusiasm.
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