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Murder as a Fine Art

Murder as a Fine Art

A brilliant historical mystery series begins: in gaslit Victorian London, writer Thomas De Quincey must become a detective to clear his own name.

Winner of the Macavity and Nero Awards
Winner of the ALA Reading List Award for Best Mystery
Winner of the AudioFile EarPhones Award for Best Audiobook

Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier.

The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey’s essay “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts.” Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.

In Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.
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Genre: Mystery & Thriller / Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical

On Sale: May 7th 2013

Price: $9.99 / $12.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 368

ISBN-13: 9780316216777

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"Masterful . . . brilliantly plotted . . . evokes 1854 London
with such finesse that you'll gear the hooves clattering on
cobblestones, the racket of dustmen, and the shrill call of vendors."—Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)

"Morrell writes action scenes like nobody's business."—New York Times Book Review

"A literary thriller that pushes the envelope"—Associated Press

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Thomas and Emily De Quincey