The Yard by Alex Grecian

78%

29 Critic Reviews

Grecian successfully re-creates the dark atmosphere of late Victorian London.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

1889, LONDON.
JACK THE RIPPER’S REIGN OF TERROR IN FINALLY OVER, BUT A NEW ONE IS JUST BEGINNING.

Victorian London—a violent cesspool of squalid depravity. Only twelve detectives—The Murder Squad—are expected to solve the thousands of crimes committed here each month. Formed after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure in capturing Jack the Ripper, the Murder Squad suffers the brunt of public contempt. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own…

A Scotland Yard Inspector has been found stuffed in a black steamer trunk at Euston Square Station, his eyes and mouth sewn shut. When Walter Day, the squad’s new hire, is assigned to the case, he finds a strange ally in Dr. Bernard Kingsley, the Yard’s first forensic pathologist. Their grim conclusion: this was not just a random, bizarre murder but in all probability, the first of twelve. Because the squad itself it being targeted and the devious killer shows no signs of stopping before completing his grim duty. But Inspector Day has one more surprise, something even more shocking than the crimes: the killer’s motive.
 

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 29, 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 29 | Positive: 24 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
May 15 2012

Grecian successfully re-creates the dark atmosphere of late Victorian London.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Marilyn Stasio on May 26 2012

he does outstanding descriptive work on the mad and the maimed, the diseased and the demented.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Alison Flood on Jun 23 2012

Grecian is making no pretensions to a highbrow literary version of Victorian London, so don't expect one. Instead this debut – the first in a series – is a pell-mell race to a frankly preposterous finale: gory, lurid and tons of guilty fun.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Alison Flood on Jun 23 2012

It's a shame his research didn't extend to his dialogue, however, which is peppered with anachronisms

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Kate Ayers on Jun 08 2012

Alex Grecian builds his readers a world in Victorian London and populates it with good guys you’ll want to root for and bad guys you’ll want stopped at any cost.

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Christian Science Monitor

Below average
Reviewed by Yvonne Zipp

the dialogue is sloppy, clunking with anachronisms...Detectives who are demoralized on one page are sure they're going to catch the killer by nightfall on the next.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Giltz on May 29 2012

Grecian's debut is the promising start of a new series and should be one of the most acclaimed and popular mysteries of the year.

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Historical Novel Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Bethany Latham

Realism is added through leads that sometimes aren’t and plot threads unraveled unpredictably or snipped off altogether...a gripping police procedural mystery and cracking good read.

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Excellent
Reviewed by Shirley Wells

The well-researched period details and historical figures add depth to this impressive debut novel

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Book Geeks

Excellent
Reviewed by Marleen Kennedy on Jul 20 2012

Reading about the start of the now so famous Scotland Yard was fascinating and the characters introduced in this story are all multifaceted and easy to be interested in.

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Fiction Addict

Excellent
Reviewed by Josh Olds on Aug 23 2012

Although the criminal or criminals are not a mystery to the reader, the story keeps one on edge as the Detectives sift through the clues.

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The Northern Echo

Excellent
Jul 09 2012

Wonderfully evocative and artfully introducing the science of criminology, The Yard is a gripping page-turner.

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Off The Shelf @ CCPL

Excellent
Reviewed by Meg on Aug 07 2012

it was an eloquent character study of law enforcement officials at the beginning of the modern age where forensic techniques that is commonplace today were looked upon with suspicion by the police.

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Crime Time

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Timlin on Jun 07 2012

once Grecian moves up a gear and gets on with the story it moves at a fine gallop and is well worth a go

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Hays Free Press

Excellent
Reviewed by CARA WAOTS on Aug 29 2012

Filled with suspense and excellent character development, readers are led to a surprising conclusion in the end.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on Jun 04 2012

Grecian has gathered an eclectic, fascinating group of characters, set them down in an intriguing time and place and tied it all together with an ingenious plot.

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Devourer of Books

Good
May 30 2012

The Yard could easily have seemed overly busy, but the disparate elements end up coming together very well. The pace is kept very quick once the story gets going, and The Yard is difficult to put down.

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Popcorn Reads

Good
Reviewed by MK

I was captivated by The Yard. It was like being a spectator, looking into the conditions of another time.

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The Founding Fields

Good
Reviewed by Bane Of Kings on Jun 11 2012

Grecian’s characters aren’t one dimensional, they’re multi-layered and are one of the strongest parts in the book.

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Between The Covers

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Jul 25 2012

Alex Grecian knows how to write a good mystery/thriller with multi-dimensional characters and an interesting plot. The Yard is a real page-turner.

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Entomology of a Bookworm

Good
Reviewed by Kerry M. on Jun 19 2012

Packed with period detail, The Yard is both a well-crafted mystery and careful study of an important era of criminology, making for one captivating read.

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Cannonball Read IV

Below average
Reviewed by faintingviolet’s on Sep 22 2012

I realized about 10 pages in, that this book is not steampunk at all, there is absolutely no anachronistic anything throughout.

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Cozy Little Book Journal

Good
Reviewed by Mary Lavers on Jun 25 2012

It's well written, well edited...well researched and well thought out.

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Books And Movies

Good
Reviewed by Carrie K. on Jun 20 2012

Grecian has also given us some terrific villains in this book...Suffice it to say that I found their stories and characters utterly engrossing. This book is a total page-turner

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Life Is Too Short To Read Bad Books

Below average
Reviewed by Kris on Aug 31 2012

I found the book to be poorly organized with too many flashbacks trying to establish personality, background and motives for people. They weren't necessary

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British Aisles

Below average
Aug 11 2012

The action is pretty nonstop, so much so that it all sort of congregates and overlaps into a truly ridiculously fortuitous climax that is frankly unbelievable.

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More 2 Read

Good
Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on Jun 19 2012

The author successfully places you in the atmosphere of that time... You feel the atmosphere of the mortuary and smell the stench of the dead.

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The Paperback Pursuer

Good
Reviewed by Allizabeth Collins on Apr 22 2012

The plot had me hooked from page one...I was consistently surprised by the twists and turns throughout.

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BookLolly

Good
Reviewed by maerwydd mcfarland on Jun 03 2012

The Yard is gritty, sort of disgusting, convincing and gripping. I liked the characters at least as much as the plot.

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