Ruler of the Night by David Morrell
(Thomas and Emily De Quincey)

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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.

About David Morrell

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David Morrell is the award-winning author of First Blood, co-founder of the International Thriller Writersorganization, and is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel.Hank Wagner is a prolific and respected critic and interviewer. His work regularly appears in such publications as Mystery Scene, Cemetery Dance, Nova Express, and The New York Review of Science Fiction.
Published November 15, 2016 by Mulholland Books.
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The New York Times has called her “a daughter of Mary Shelley” and her books “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.” Her Thriller Award-nominated Huntress Moon series follows an FBI agent on the hunt for a female serial killer, smashing genre clichés and combating the...

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In this conclusion to the 1850s London-set trilogy starring the Opium-Eater (e.g., the manifestly brilliant Thomas De Quincey) and his s

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