Sunday, March 3, 2013
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Please join David Morrell as he tours for the release of Murder as a Fine Art from May 6 – June 7.
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.
Praise for Murder as a Fine Art
“A literary thriller that pushes the envelope of fear.”
“Morrell’s masterful blend of fact and fiction reads like a 19th-century novel, evoking 1854 London with such finesse that you’ll gear the hooves clattering on cobblestones, the racket of dustmen, and the shrill call of vendors.”
“An epitome of the intelligent page turner.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)
“David Morrell isn’t just one of the best thriller writers out there, he’s one of the finest writers alive today. A preeminent novelist as well as storyteller who, in Murder as a Fine Art, has crafted a masterpiece.”
—Providence Sunday Journal
“An exceptional historical mystery . . . page-flipping action, taut atmosphere, and multifaceted characters.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“Morrell writes action scenes like nobody’s business.”
—New York Times Sunday Book Review
“Murder may be a fine art, but this author has also proven that writing is the finest art of all—and he is the master of it. . . . The scenes literally pull the reader back in time. . . . This is one thriller that it s beyond thrilling.”
Book of the Month—Bookmovement.com
Top Pick for May—RT Book Review
“Murder As a Fine Art by David Morrell is a masterpiece—I don’t use that word lightly—a fantastic historical thriller, beautifully written, intricately plotted, and populated with unforgettable characters. It brilliantly recreates the London of gaslit streets, fogs, hansom cabs, and Scotland Yard. If you liked The Alienist, you will absolutely love this book. I was spellbound from the first page to last.”
—Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of The Monster of Florence
“London 1854, noxious yellow fogs, reeking slums, intrigues in high places, murders most foul, but instead of Sherlock Holmes solving crimes via the fine art of deduction, we have the historical English Opium-Eater himself, Thomas De Quincey. David Morrell fans — and they are Legion — can look forward to celebrating Murder As a Fine Art as one of their favorite author’s strongest and boldest books in years.”
—Dan Simmons, New York Times bestselling author of Drood and The Terror
“Morrell’s use of De Quincey’s life is amazing. I literally couldn’t put it down: I felt as though I were in Dickens when he described London’s fog and in Wilkie Collins when we entered Emily’s diary. There were beautiful touches all the way through. Murder As a Fine Art is a triumph.”
—Robert Morrison, author of The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey
“I enjoyed Murder As a Fine Art immensely. I admired the way Morrell deftly took so much material from De Quincey’s life and wove it into the plot, and also how well he created a sense of so many dimensions of Victorian London. Quite apart from its being a gripping thriller!”
—Grevel Lindop, author of The Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey
David Morrell is the author of the classic espionage novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, the basis for the only miniseries to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. He holds a PhD in literature and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is a recipient of the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization.
Virtual Book Tour Schedule
Tuesday, May 7
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Friday, May 10
Review at The Lit Bitch
Monday, May 13
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Wednesday, May 15
Review at Confessions of an Avid Reader
Friday, May 17
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Monday, May 20
Review at Unabridged Chick
Thursday, May 23
Review at Bibliophilic Book Blog
Friday, May 24
Review at JulzReads
Monday, May 27
Review at From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, May 29
Review & Interview at Layered Pages
Friday, May 31
Review & Giveaway at Psychotic State Book Reviews
Wednesday, June 5
Review at Peppermint, Ph.D.
Friday, June 7
Review at nomadreader