“One of the 10 best mystery/thrillers of 2013.”–Publishers Weekly and Bookpages
“One of the 5 best thrillers of 2013.”–Library Journal and the Providence Journal
“Like Michelangelo in painting, a great murderer carries his art to a colossal sublimity.”
The Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811 were the most notorious mass killings in their day. Never fully explained, they brought London and all of England to the verge of panic.
Forty-three years later, the equally notorious Thomas De Quincey returns to London. Along with his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, he is infamous for a scandalous essay about the killings: “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts.”
Days after his arrival, a family is killed in the same horrific way as the earlier murders. It seems someone is using the essay as an inspiration—and a blueprint. And De Quincey himself is the obvious suspect. Aided by his brilliant daughter Emily and two determined Scotland Yard detectives, he must uncover the truth before more blood is shed and London itself becomes the next victim.
In Murder as a Fine Art, gaslit London becomes a battleground between a literary star and a demented murderer. Their lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.
You’ll believe you’re in 1854 London.
A “brilliant crime thriller. . . . 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
“One of the best mystery/thrillers of 2013.”–Strand magazine
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award! “David Morrell’s mystery is written as a nineteenth-century novel, and narrator Matthew Wolfe helps transport listeners back to the 1850s. He switches from character to character with ease, although he doesn’t attempt a female voice for the sole female main character. A wonderfully written book with equally wonderful narration that fits it perfectly.”
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See David Talk about Murder and the notorious opium-eater Thomas De Quincey (3 min video). Click here.
Hear David talk about how he nearly lost his hands in a factory machine and why he felt compelled to go to 1854 London (19 minutes). Click here.
Watch David’s video interview about the weirdness of 1854 London. How much did an upper-class woman’s clothes weigh? Thirty seven pounds! To see the interview (12 minutes), click here.
Watch another video interview in which David talks about Rambo and First Blood before discussing the fascinating background of Murder as a Fine Art (18 minutes). Click here.
Watch David at a bookstore event. being interviewed by Barbara Peters, owner of the Poisoned Pen (50 minutes). Click here.