The second Thomas De Quincey mystery from prizewinner David Morrell: a return to the gaslit streets of Victorian London for a case of murder and assassination that brilliantly blends historical fact with crime fiction.
The year is 1855. The Crimean war is raging. The British government has fallen. The Empire itself hangs in the balance.
And then the murders start...
Someone is targeting members of London's elite - leaving with each corpse the names of men who failed to assassinate Queen Victoria. It's clear that Victoria will be the ultimate victim. As the notorious Opium-Eater Thomas De Quincey and his daughter Emily race to save her, they uncover the heart-breaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul.
Based on actual attempts to assassinate the queen, INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD brilliantly merges fact with fiction, bringing a bloody chapter of Victorian England to vivid, pulse-pounding life.
A gaslit gallop through Victorian London - Financial Times
[An] exceptional historical mystery...page-flipping action, taut atmosphere, and multifaceted characters - Booklist
Shockingly real...Morrell's thorough and erudite research of the people and culture of the British Empire's heyday informs every page. A literary thriller that pushes the envelope of fear - Associated Press
Masterful...brilliantly plotted....evokes 1854 London with such finesse that you'll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones - Entertainment Weekly
Brilliant. Everything works - the horrifying depiction of the murders, the asides explaining the impact of train travel on English society, nail-biting action sequences - making this book an epitome of the intelligent page-turner. - Publishers Weekly
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.