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Droodby Dan Simmons
"Drood is told from the point of view of Collins, who is thought to have created the detective genre in his serialized novel The Moonstone, the writing of which is also included in Drood. Simmons takes elements of both writers' works and creates a world in which the two were writing thinly fictionalized accounts of real events. Mesmerism, opium addiction, ancient Egyptian cults, criminal undergrounds, and more are to be found." Doug Brown, Powells.com (Read the entire Powells.com review)
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On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world--hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever.
Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying?
Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to Dickens's final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.
While traveling by train to London with his mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens hurtled into a disaster that changes his life forever. Was the popular author living a dark double life? Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging narrative.
The author of the diabolically clever”* A Matter of Blood returns with another gritty supernatural thriller featuring hard-boiled homicide detective Cass Jones
A devastating terrorist attack has crippled London. To find a perpetrator who is more than human, Special Branch turns to Detective Inspector Cass Jones.
Cass is already investigating a series of student suicides, but saying no to Special Branch isnt an option—even when hes hit with a much more personal and deeply disturbing mystery: a message left for him by his murdered brother revealing that Casss nephew was stolen at birth.
Casss investigations and his search for the boy lead him down a dark labyrinth to the shadowy Mr. Bright and his otherworldly allies—and into the middle of an ancient and deadly feud, with no less than the fate of humanity hanging in the balance
*F. Paul Wilson
In a world steeped in darkness, a new breed of evil has fallen…
London’s ruined economy has pushed everyone to the breaking point, and even the police rely on bribes and deals with criminals to survive. Detective Inspector Cass Jones struggles to keep integrity in the police force, but now, two gory cases will test his mettle. A gang hit goes wrong, leaving two schoolboys dead, and a serial killer calling himself the Man of Flies leaves a message on his victims saying “nothing is sacred.”
Then Cass’ brother murders his own family before committing suicide. Cass doesn’t believe his gentle brother did it. Yet when evidence emerges suggesting someone killed all three of them, a prime suspect is found—Cass himself.
Common links emerge in all three cases, but while Cass is finding more questions than answers, the Man of Flies continues to kill...
About the Author
Sarah Pinborough is a British author of dark fantasy, horror, thriller and YA who has had more than ten novels published thus far across that range. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and she has a horror film in development. She has recently branched out into television writing and is currently writing for the BBC. Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and has three times been short-listed for Best Novel. She has also been short-listed for a World Fantasy Award. Her novella, The Language of Dying was short-listed for the Shirley Jackson Award and won the 2010 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella.
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