Railroaded in Victorian England.
Infamous opium eater (and real-life absolute figure) Thomas De Quincey returns—along with his independent-minded, trouser-wearing daughter, Emily, and athletic assembly Ryan and Becker of Scotland Yard—to break the first annihilation to action on an English train. As in Morrell’s (Inspector of the Dead, 2015, etc.) antecedent De Quincey adventures, the Victorian era provides the narrative’s ambience and sensibility: the apparatus of abuse travel, in De Quincey’s mind, has had a chilling, dehumanizing aftereffect on society, isolating and disconnecting cartage from the accustomed apple in the interest of ability and profit. The assassination in catechism is absolutely atrociously grisly, and Morrell’s able duke with abstruseness acute provides copious chills and procedural satisfaction, but it is his ability of character, shrewd exploitation of Victorian capacity and attitudes, and tonal composure (a wry amusement leavens the abominable abandon and cerebral complication of Morrell’s conflicted heroes) that abduct and delight. The era-appropriate “hydropathy” bloom chic makes for a atypical and arresting antecedent for the scandalous secrets and atrocious artful of the story’s antagonists, and, in an affected twist, the intricate strands of the accomplished (delightfully) sordid business braid calm in a way that anon and devastatingly involves De Quincy and addresses the true-life adverse abstruseness that collection the absolute De Quincey to opium addiction in the aboriginal place. It’s a arise yarn, irresistible as an emergency canteen of laudanum buried in a bare coat pocket.
Richly abundant and engrossing; Morrell animates the Victorian era and delivers brand thrills with attenuate appearance and panache.
The notorious Opium-Eater returns in the sensational climax to David Morrell's acclaimed Victorian mystery trilogy.
1855. The railway has irrevocably altered English society, effectively changing geography and fueling the industrial revolution by shortening distances between cities: a whole day's journey can now be covered in a matter of hours. People marvel at their new freedom.
But train travel brings new dangers as well, with England's first death by train recorded on the very first day of railway operations in 1830. Twenty-five years later, England's first train murder occurs, paralyzing London with the unthinkable when a gentleman is stabbed to death in a safely locked first-class passenger compartment.
In the next compartment, the brilliant opium-eater Thomas De Quincey and his quick-witted daughter, Emily, discover the homicide in a most gruesome manner. Key witnesses and also resourceful sleuths, they join forces with their allies in Scotland Yard, Detective Ryan and his partner-in-training, Becker, to pursue the killer back into the fogbound streets of London, where other baffling murders occur. Ultimately, De Quincey must confront two ruthless adversaries: this terrifying enemy, and his own opium addiction which endangers his life and his tormented soul.
Ruler of the Night is a riveting blend of fact and fiction which, like master storyteller David Morrell's previous De Quincey novels, evokes Victorian London with such finesse that you'll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones, the racket of dustmen, and the shrill calls of vendors (Entertainment Weekly).
Ruler of the Night (Thomas and Emily De Quincey)
- BookRuler of the Night (Thomas and Emily De Quincey)
- Author:David Morrell
- Publishing Date:2016-11-15
- Publisher:Mulholland Books
- Number Of pages:0