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Murder as a Fine Art

David Morrell

Victorian London is the setting for Morrell's (The Shimmer, 2009) brilliant murder mystery. In 1854, a young shop owner and his family are brutally murdered. Thomas De Quincey, an essayist best known for his memoir Confessions of an Opium Eater, is the prime suspect in the slayings. The killer seems to be imitating De Quincey's true crime essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts". Desperate to prevent more atrocities but crippled by his opium addiction, De Quincey enlists the help of his daughter, Emily, as well as two sympathetic Scotland Yard detectives to find the real killer. Gripping.