Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: November 15th 2016 by Mulholland Books
THE NOTORIOUS OPIUM-EATER RETURNS IN THE SENSATIONAL CONCLUSION TO DAVID MORRELL’S ACCLAIMED VICTORIAN MYSTERY TRILOGY.
Like David Morrell’s previous De Quincey novels, Ruler of the Night blends fact and fiction to an exceptional degree, this time focusing on a real-life Victorian murder so startling that it changed the culture-in this case, the first murder on an English train. The brutality of the crime stoked the fears of a generation who believed that the newly invented railway would “annihilate time and space.”
In Ruler of the Night, readers feel they’re actually on the harrowing fogbound streets of 1855 London as the brilliant Opium-Eater, Thomas De Quincey, and his irrepressible daughter, Emily, confront their most ruthless adversary. The stakes couldn’t be greater: both the heart of Victorian society and De Quincey’s tormented soul.
The fast-paced narrative matches the speed with which the railway changed Victorian life. It brings back Scotland Yard detectives Ryan and Becker, along with Lord Palmerston, Queen Victoria, and Prince Albert, and introduces a host of new characters from this fascinating era. Master storyteller David Morrell transports readers back in time, away from the modern world and into the dangerous shadows of the past.
My thoughts on this series and book cover:
I’ve said this before and I will say it again. I am not a cover designer but I can agree that cover layouts play an important role in the overall presentation of books and gladly admit I judge a book by its cover.
I am big fan of David Morrrell’s, De Quincey stories. Huge fan! I highly recommend them if you are into Victorian crime thrillers.I am really looking forward to his latest installment, Ruler of the Night.
I love this cover because it gives an atmospheric feel to the time and place of the Victorian era. The train on the cover depicts the Railroad/Train during this era and we know that was a popular means of travel. I’ve heard that some Victorian railways are still in use. Anyhow, as the book description says the first murder is on an English Train. The design team got this right.
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