Murder as a Fine Art

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Little, Brown, May 7, 2013 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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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Murder as a Fine Art

User Review  - David Keymer - Book Verdict

Morrell (The Naked Edge) is best known for his 1976 First Blood, which introduced Rambo to the world. Since then the author has written in a variety of action genres, including in comic books, and ... Read full review

Review: Murder as a Fine Art (Thomas De Quincey #1)

User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

The historical references and the journal of Emily De Quincey were well done. Morrell would please many readers by bringing these well written characters back to the page for more crime solving ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

David Morrell is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become the successful Rambo film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. He has written 28 novels, and his work has been translated into 26 languages. He is also a former professor of American Literature at the University of Iowa and received his PhD from Penn State.

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