The notorious opium-eater returns in the sensational conclusion to David Morrell's acclaimed Victorian mystery trilogy.
Like David Morrell's previous De Quincey novels, Ruler of the Night blends fact and fiction to an exceptional degree, this time focusing on a real-life Victorian murder so startling that it changed the culture - in this case the first murder on an English train. The brutality of the crime stoked the fears of a generation who believed that the newly invented railway would "annihilate time and space".
In Ruler of the Night, listeners feel they're actually on the harrowing fogbound streets of 1855 London as the brilliant opium-eater Thomas De Quincey and his irrepressible daughter, Emily, confront their most ruthless adversary. The stakes couldn't be greater: both the heart of Victorian society and De Quincey's tormented soul.
The fast-paced narrative matches the speed with which the railway changed Victorian life. It brings back Scotland Yard detectives Ryan and Becker, along with Lord Palmerston, Queen Victoria, and Prince Albert, and introduces a host of new characters from this fascinating era. Master storyteller David Morrell transports listeners back in time, away from the modern world and into the dangerous shadows of the past.
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"Spectacular.... The narrative builds to a powerful but bittersweet ending." (Publishers Weekly)
"Taut, atmospheric.... Morrell brings the period to vivid life with solid research and fascinating Victorian details.... Grade: A-" (Michelle Ross, Cleveland Plain Dealer)
"Morrell's deft hand with thriller plotting provides copious chills and procedural satisfaction, but it is his mastery of character, shrewd exploitation of Victorian details and attitudes, and tonal sophistication that seduce and delight.... It's a cracking yarn, irresistible as an emergency bottle of laudanum secreted in a shabby coat pocket. " (Kirkus Reviews)
I've enjoyed all the books in this trilogy. This last book winds things up well. The story is maybe not as tight as the other two, but it's still very good. The performer is different, but after a bit I didn't notice. He does a very good job. I definitely recommend this.
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