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Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
  

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Thomas de Quincey is a Victorian self-confessed drug addict and the actual author of The Confessions of an English Opium Eater which gave him instant stardom in the early nineteenth century. David Morrell has chosen to use him as a sort of Sherlock Holmes character on drugs. Quincey’s latest book On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts, claims that the best murders have an element of skill and artistry. When such murders start occurring again the police (the ‘Peelers’) turn to Quincey for advice, the Home Secretary (Lord Palmerston) wants Quincey arrested and the copycat serial killer goes on having a heyday … and so the hunt is on. This has an easy style despite reflecting the period. It is a bit bloody in places and certainly a bit out of the norm for the creator of Rambo which evolved from Morrell’s first book First Blood.

If you like David Morrell you might also like to read books by Michael Faber, Dean Koontz and Michael Marshall.

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Synopsis

Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell

An artist of death is stalking Victorian London, recreating earlier masterpieces of murder. Police suspicion falls on the notorious 'opium-eater' Thomas De Quincey, recently returned to the capital, who wrote in detail about the original crimes. Someone is using his essays as inspiration - and he must uncover the truth before the killer completes his work.

Reviews

A gaslit gallop through Victorian London - Financial Times

A terrific read. As one would expect of Morrell, it is compulsive and thrilling, but its use of de Quincey also allows for discursions that are both funny and touching - de Quincey and his daughter are great additions to the detective stage, and I hope we will have a lot more of them to come. -- Judith Flanders, author of The Invention of Murder

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. His numerous international bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fraternity of the Stone and The League of Night and Fog. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker awards as well as the International Thriller Writers' prestigious Thriller Master award. Visit his website at davidmorrell.net, or follow him on Twitter @_DavidMorrell.

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Publication date

5th June 2014

Author

David Morrell

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Mulholland Books an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781444755695

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