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MURDER AS A FINE ART by David Morrell

First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket , signed by the author. May 2013 NY: Little, Brown & Co. ISBN 9780316216791
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Thomas De Quincey, best known for his sensational memoir Confessions of an Opium Eater, is the prime suspect in a series of horrific murders that paralyze London.

In four decades as an author, from First Blood through The Brotherhood of the Rose and Creepers, David Morell has always tried to find new ways to write action and suspense, surprising them and taking them to places they’ve never been.

His latest novel Murder as a Fine Art will make you believe that you’re in 1854 London as he blends fiction with fact in a harrowing exhumation of the infamous Ratcliffe Highway murders, a series of mass killings that rivaled those of Jack the Ripper for terrorizing London and all of England. His main character also blends fiction and fact. Thomas De Quincey was one of the most fascinating personalities of Victorian England, obsessed about the Ratcliffe Highway killings and writing about them vividly in his classic essay, “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts.”

De Quincey invented the term “subconscious” and anticipated Freud by a half century. He was the first person to write about drug addiction in his infamous Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. He inspired Edgar Allan Poe, who in turn inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes. This forerunner of the greatest detective will lead you into the streets, slums, mansions, and prisons of gaslit London. As a literary luminary battles a brilliant murderer, their lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.

Brilliant … an epitome of the intelligent page turner.” (Publishers Weekly, starred and boxed review)

exceptional historical mystery … riveting [with] page-flipping action, taut atmosphere, and multifaceted characters.” (Booklist starred review)
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