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Drood by Dan Simmons
  

Drood

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Renowned for writing fantasy and horror, this talented author turned to the suspenseful historical novel with The Terror, a tale of Arctic exploration. Now he looks at the mystery of Dickens’ unfinished last novel. A sinister journey through and beneath Victorian London, told by Wilkie Collins, Dicken’s great friend and rival. How many of the horrors and strange places he finds are drug induced hallucinations? Is Dickens a murderer? And who is the mysterious and terrifying man known as Drood? The search for answers leads Collins into a strange underworld and deep into his own dark thoughts in this enthralling and unusual literary mystery. A creepy, suspenseful and very enjoyable read.

Comparison: Matthew Pearl, Elizabeth Kostova, Caleb Carr.

If you like Dan Simmons you might also like to read books by Tanis Rideout, Diane Setterfield and Neil Stephenson.

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Drood by Dan Simmons

This story shall be about my friend (as at least about the man who was once my friend) Charles Dickens and about the accident that took away his peace of mind, his health, and, some might whisper, his sanity...' Sealed for one hundred and twenty-five years, Wilkie Collins's scribbled words launch a feverish descent into the underbelly of Victorian London as he is dragged into Charles Dickens's pursuit of a spectral figure known only as Drood. Their investigation will lead them through slums, opium dens, catacombs and sewers. What they discover will destroy their friendship, driving each writer to the very brink of insanity. And murder...

Reviews

'Readers will race through the pages, drawn by the intricate plot and the proliferation of intriguing psychological puzzles'
Publishers Weekly

. * Publisher's Weekly * 'A manic energy that compels shock and awe
Independent

. * Independent * 'A dazzling journey through a crooked, gaslit labyrinth and a tenebrous portraiture of the tortured minotaurs that dwell within. Genius is the true mystery, and at its edge - the abyss
Guillermo del Toro, film director

. * Guillermo del Toro * 'Peopled by characters worthy of Dickens novel .... a fascinating book that adds to the speculative writings about the Victorian author's last and unfinished work. A must-read for all Dickens and Wilkie Collins admirers
Daily Mail

. * Daily Mail * 'I am in awe of Dan Simmons
Stephen King

. * Stephen King * 'A rich and strange book... the pages fly by
Daily Telegraph

. * Daily Telegraph *


About the Author

Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest. He received his Masters in Education from W ashington University in St. Louis in 1971. He worked in elementary education for eighteen years, winning awards for his innovative teaching, and became a full-time writer in 1987. Dan lives in Colorado with his wife, Karen, and has a daughter in her twenties. His books are published in tw enty-nine counties and many of them have been optioned for film.

Author photo © Cliff Grassmick

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Book Info

Publication date

1st October 2009

Author

Dan Simmons

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Author's Website

www.dansimmons.com/

Publisher

Quercus Publishing Plc

Format

Paperback
816 pages

Categories

Horror
Reading Groups
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Historical mysteries

ISBN

9781847249326

Publisher Profile

Quercus Publishing Plc is an imprint of Quercus

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Starting out in a small office in Dorset Street, London, the company quickly expanded, producing best sellers with each of its first two titles, Universe and Speeches that Changed the World.

As well as winning awards for their books Quercus also won Small Publisher of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards and the PLUS New Company fo the Year in the Fast Growth Business Awards.

Publisher's Website

www.quercusbooks.co.uk

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