By David Morrell
ALA examining record Award for most sensible Mystery
GASLIT LONDON is delivered to ITS KNEES IN DAVID MORRELL'S remarkable ancient THRILLER.
Thomas De Quincey, notorious for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the foremost suspect in a chain of ferocious mass murders just like ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier.
The blueprint for the killings appears De Quincey's essay "On homicide regarded as one of many nice Arts." desirous to transparent his identify yet crippled by means of opium dependancy, De Quincey is aided through his committed daughter Emily and 2 decided Scotland backyard detectives.
In Murder as a good Art, David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe road murders from historical past. Fogbound streets develop into a battleground among a literary superstar and an excellent assassin, whose lives are associated via secrets and techniques lengthy buried yet by no means forgotten.
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Murder as a Fine Art (Thomas De Quincey, Book 1) by David Morrell