Inspector of the Dead
By: David Morrell
Can a modern author wade through time to deliver a pre-holmes crime novel with the skill of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle? It’s a tall order, however in his latest novel, Inspector of the Dead, David Morrell has managed to do just that. Thomas De Quincey an actual though little known historical figure was much like the fictitious Sherlock Holmes. Every bit as much of a character, De Quincey was open minded, overly inquisitive and had an appetite for knowledge. Through dedicated research, Morrell has reanimated this important figure who would come to influence authors, psychologists and scientists alike. Around this enigamatic figure, Morrell has crafted a story that would entertain and ensnare even the most avid Sherlock fans. His writing is impeccable, art of storytelling masterful which combine to produce an amazing story that will ensnare readers of all types.
Set in Victorian London Inspector of the Dead is a gripping and exciting crime novel centered around a mysterious man exacting his revenge. In search of those responsible for the tragic deaths of this mother, father and sister, this phantom dispatches judges, elected officials, families of rank and disguises his motives under the cloak of a fictitious group known as Young England. At the center of the novel is Thomas De Quincey known by many as The Opium Eater, a man who takes opium in many forms including the liquid solution known as laudanum. Both the pain and its remedy have left De Quincey on the fringe of society and on the run from his debtors. This case will restore him as he searches for one man who has both murdered many notable figures, and is bent on killing the queen. This book flew by because I just could not put it down. I read a third of it on the plane to Atlanta, a third in the little bit of time I had between conference session and the last third on the plane ride back. You will not want to put this one down. The twists and turns in the plot will take you in directions you never imagined this story heading. The characters, their interactions and their roles in the novel will entertain, enrage and enlighten. Do yourself a favor – get a copy for yourself, and second one as back up because this is one you are going to want to share.