Legendary thriller writer David Morrell transports readers to the fogbound streets of London, where a killer plots to assisinate Queen Victoria.
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.
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by David Morrell
by Anne Perry
"London was a different place in 1855, as David Morrell's engaging novel shows. Featuring opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, this thriller captivates the listener as a result of Matthew Wolfe's adept presentation of its dialogue--which could have overwhelmed a lesser narrator. The story focuses on a murderer who targets the highest levels of British society and whose signature leads investigators to people who have previously attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria. Although the evidence indicates that the Queen may be the killer's target once again, the novel goes far deeper, and is both entertaining and brutally dark. The book requires a performer like Wolfe, who recognizes the need to create different voices and varied deliveries, and does so in a memorable yet understated way. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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