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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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By jerelyn on 04-25-15
A plot that left be breathless.
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.
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By Marcheta on 03-27-15
Haunting and Fascinating Crime in Victorian London
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.
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