The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley

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Edinburgh: 1828

In the starkly-lit operating theaters of the city, grisly experiments are being carried out on corpses in the name of medical science. But elsewhere, there are those experimenting with more sinister forces.

Amongst the crowded, sprawling tenements of the labyrinthine Old Town, a body is found, its neck torn to pieces. Charged with investigating the murder is Adam Quire, Officer of the newly- formed Edinburgh Police. The trail will lead him into the deepest reaches of the city's criminal underclass, and to the highest echelons of the filthy rich.

Soon Quire will discover that a darkness is crawling through this city of enlightenment - and no one is safe from its corruption.

The Edinburgh Dead is a powerful fusion of gothic horror, history, and the fantastical.

About Brian Ruckley

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Brian Ruckley was born and brought up in Scotland. After studying at Edinburgh and Stirling Universities, he worked for a series of organizations dealing with environmental, nature conservation and youth development issues. He lives in Edinburgh. Find our more about Brian Ruckley at
Published August 17, 2011 by Orbit. 357 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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Scottish fantasy author Ruckley (the Godless World trilogy) ventures successfully into the gothic with this horrific thriller set in 1828. When an unidentified man is savaged to death, apparently by a

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Tom Shippey reviews "The Edinburgh Dead" by Brian Ruckley and "7th Sigma"
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Mr. Gould's hero, Kimble, even shares a name with Kipling's Kimball O'Hara, and the code phrases he is taught are the same as Kipling's, with Mexican words substituted for Urdu.

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It may seem a little slow of pace for those used to modern crime novels, but for those who enjoy something with a little more meat to it, this is the perfect read.

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