Inspector of the Dead

Inspector of the Dead

by David Morrell


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"A masterful work."—Associated Press

The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters.

Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.

This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself. As De Quincey and Emily race to protect the queen, they uncover long-buried secrets and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul.

Based on actual attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria, Inspector of the Dead brilliantly merges historical fact with fiction, bringing a bloody chapter of Victorian England to vivid, pulse-pounding life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594840282
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Series: Thomas and Emily De Quincey Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 97,650
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David Morrell is an Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee and recipient of the prestigious career-achievement Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. He has written twenty-nine works of fiction and been translated into thirty languages. He is a former literature professor at the University of Iowa and received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University.

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Inspector of the Dead 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ritr3 More than 1 year ago
What a great find! Inspector of the Dead is a well-structured plot, a beautiful delivery of narration and tone, with strong characters imbued with personality and motivation. Progressing moments are well transitioned, and each segment cleanly and cleverly flows from one beat to the next. Liberal sprinkles of British history and intricate relationships between Emily, Becker, Ryan and DeQuincey are rolled up into a hugely entertaining read. I particularly enjoyed that the author did not blatantly provide character exposition and intention. Morrell skillfully guided me along to discover character intent on my own. This story is so absorbing that it will be difficult to bookmark a page if you have an interruption. Don’t miss a sentence because Lord Palmerston tosses in lines that are completely in character, really funny, yet darkly representative of the times. This author is now up on my historical fiction favorites right along with Anna Lee Huber, R. Michael Phillips, Susanna Calkins and Anne Perry.
BooksandBenches More than 1 year ago
I'll admit that I wanted to read this book based solely on the cover, but the true prize is between the pages. Thomas De Quincey is more fascinating as a character in Morrell's book than the real man. Layers of mystery unravel as we follow De Quincey through the wretched streets of London and into the lives of the upper classes. The secondary characters are a delightful surprise as each one crops up, adding a new dimension to the story. A remarkable blend of history, murder, and thrills, all executed seamlessly. This was my first David Morrell book, but it won't be my last. Thriller meets Victorian England in Inspector of the Dead, and I don't believe readers will be disappointed. *This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. One of those stories you really hate getting to the end! Wish it was longer! Nice plot with a few really interesting twists you may not see coming! Looking forward to the next of these great characters from this great author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I devoured this novel in a night and day. Oh how I wish it had been longer. The author writes like a demon. Do buy this, it is terrific. I am signing off now so I can search out and buy the first of this series.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
This follows the authors Murder as a Fine Art. Thomas de Quiney ,is the notorious OpiumEater. Mr de Quiney and his daughter Emily are still in London after solving previous crimes, de Quiney is a real life laudanum filled writer. If you want to learn about England in the 1850"s. The are bloody murders by a group of people who want to kill Queen Victoria. If you enjoy British mysteries read this one now. I received this book in exchange for and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good follow-up to the first book. Slightly less impact than the first book but I very much look forward to the next one. In my opinion, this series significantly stands out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago