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The Black Country by Alex Grecian
  

The Black Country

Part of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad Series
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This Victorian detective series started with The Yard just as Ripper Street was on TV and, as it covers the same area, became enormously popular. Now, in book two, we move out of London into a northern coalmining village with all its closely guarded secrets and clannish folk. The newly formed Scotland Yard murder squad and forensic team are a bit threatened out of London and once again surrounded by numerous bad goings on. The book is stuffed full of plot and gory detail. One almost feels a TV series was in the author’s sights as he wrote! All good fun.

If you like Alex Grecian you might also like to read books by James McGee, D. E. Meredith and Jesse Kellerman.

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The Black Country by Alex Grecian

Alex Grecian's The Black Country sees the Scotland Yard Murder Squad return in a gruesome historical thriller. When members of a prominent family disappear from a coal-mining village - and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird's nest - the local constable sends for help from Scotland Yard's new Murder Squad. Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith respond, but they have no idea what they're about to get into. The villagers have intense, intertwined histories. Everybody bears a secret. Superstitions abound. And the village itself is slowly sinking into the mines beneath it. Not even the arrival of forensics pioneer Dr. Bernard Kingsley seems to help. In fact, the more the three of them investigate, the more they realize they may never be allowed to leave... The Black Country is guaranteed to appeal to fans of recent Ripper TV dramas (BBC's Ripper Street, ITV's Whitechapel) as well as Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films.

Reviews

Praise for Alex Grecian:

'Will keep you riveted from page one.' Jeffrey Deaver

'Outstanding. If Charles Dickens isn't somewhere clapping his hands for this, Wilkie Collins surely is.' The New York Times Book Review

'Gory, lurid and tons of guilty fun' Guardian

About the Author

Alex Grecian

Alex Grecian has worked for an ad agency on accounts for Harley-Davidson, Cub Foods and The Great American Smokeout, before returning to writing fiction full time and raising his son. Alex is the author of the long-running and critically accalimed comic-book series Proof, and he lives in Topeka, Kansas, with his wife and son.

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Book Info

Publication date

18th June 2015

Author

Alex Grecian

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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Crime & mystery
Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9781405915083

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