Murder as a Fine Art
GASLIT LONDON IS BROUGHT TO ITS KNEES IN DAVID MORRELL'S BRILLIANT HISTORICAL THRILLER.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... show more
GASLIT LONDON IS BROUGHT TO ITS KNEES IN DAVID MORRELL'S BRILLIANT HISTORICAL THRILLER.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.
Publish date: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Pages no: 358
Edition language: English
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
Murder as a Fine Art, set in 1854 London, features at its center Thomas De Quincey, "The Opium-Eater," the author of the first published drug memoir in English, Memoirs of an Opium Eater, the friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge, and now, late in life, a mass murder suspect. The other characters foc...
Initially, I had quite a bit of trouble getting past the first few chapters of the book, the parts that described a mass murder in gruesome and bloody detail. However, I knew from the synopsis that the fictional occurrence was patterned after a historical case in London, which took place in 1811 (al...
I actually read this some time ago. I remember thinking that I liked the ending. I never guessed who real person was that actually committed the murders. I checked the book out again to refresh my memory before I read the next one.
I first heard about the Ratcliffe Highway murders by reading about them in P.D. James’ The Murder Room. I eventually read the book she co-authored about the murders (which is not as good as her fiction), and I picked this up because of the reference to the murders as well as De Quincy. ...
I love the cover of this book! Murder as a Fine Art has been on my "currently reading" shelf for months just so I could admire the cover art. I also love the premise of Thomas De Quincey (the author best known for Confessions of an English Opium Eater) investigating a murder in Victorian London. ...