The Black Country by Alex Grecian
(SCOTLAND YARD'S MURDER SQUAD)

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Grecian packs in almost more plot than a body can stand, but he presents with fine precision the gray and gritty atmosphere of late-Victorian England.
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Synopsis

The New York Times Book Review said of The Yard, “If Charles Dickens isn’t somewhere clapping his hands…Wilkie Collins surely is.” Now Alex Grecian returns with his new novel of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad—and it’s a gripper.

The British Midlands. Inhabitants call it the “Black Country”—and with good reason. Bad things happen there.

When three members of a prominent family disappear from the Midlands—and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird’s nest—Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad is called in. But Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith have stepped into something much more bizarre and complicated than expected.

Superstitions abound in the intertwined histories of the villagers, including a local legend about a monster some claim to have seen. In addition, a mysterious epidemic is killing off the inhabitants, and the village itself is sinking into the coal mines below. Day and Hammersmith soon realize that they, too, are in over their heads. And the more they investigate, the more they fear that they may never be allowed to leave.
 

About Alex Grecian

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ALEX GRECIAN is the national bestselling author of The Yard and the long-running and critically acclaimed graphic novel series Proof. He lives in the Midwest with his wife and son.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 401 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 08 2013

Grecian’s bold melding of horror with historical elements more than compensates for the dramatic overkill at the end.

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Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 16 2013

Grecian packs in almost more plot than a body can stand, but he presents with fine precision the gray and gritty atmosphere of late-Victorian England.

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Good
Reviewed by Amy Gwiazdowski on May 24 2013

...it’s a satisfying read, and I plan to go back and delve into THE YARD, which definitely deserves a look. If you enjoy dark mysteries, THE BLACK COUNTRY is worth a read.

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Reviewed by Sue Najim on Jun 01 2013

In his first book, The Yard, Alex Grecian shows us the underbelly of London. This time he reveals the Black Country and the darker side of village life.

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