Ruler of the Night
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books (November 15, 2016)
The notorious Opium-Eater returns in the sensational climax to David Morrell's acclaimed Victorian mystery trilogy.
1855. The railway has irrevocably altered English society, effectively changing geography and fueling the industrial revolution by shortening distances between cities: a whole day's journey can now be covered in a matter of hours. People marvel at their new freedom.
But train travel brings new dangers as well, with England's first death by train recorded on the very first day of railway operations in 1830. Twenty-five years later, England's first train murder occurs, paralyzing London with the unthinkable when a gentleman is stabbed to death in a safely locked first-class passenger compartment.
In the next compartment, the brilliant opium-eater Thomas De Quincey and his quick-witted daughter, Emily, discover the homicide in a most gruesome manner. Key witnesses and also resourceful sleuths, they join forces with their allies in Scotland Yard, Detective Ryan and his partner-in-training, Becker, to pursue the killer back into the fogbound streets of London, where other baffling murders occur. Ultimately, De Quincey must confront two ruthless adversaries: this terrifying enemy, and his own opium addiction which endangers his life and his tormented soul.
And so ends a really good trilogy. (sigh)
When I read the first book, and after I told my friend Catherine Russell that I loved the character of Thomas De Quincey, that was in the book, she let me know that Thomas De Quincey was a real person! He was Thomas De Quincey the Opium Eater. (which is how he is portrayed in the books). Well, some time ago I got a free download of De Quincey's Confessions of an Opium Eater, but found it was only 48 pages long. Now, having read all three books I found another book about his life and ordered it. (Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson.)
All three books were captivating.
Murder as a Fine Art
Inspector of the Dead
Ruler of the Night
Morrell's words put you in England at the time Scotland Yard needed De Quincey's help. All of them are so well written, I hate knowing the same characters won't be used again.
If you like "vintage" England for a crime series you should try the books of David Morrell.