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Murder as a Fine Art

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Kudos need to go to David Morrell for the detailed esearch he must have done to write this book Not only Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century regarding De uincy but 1850 s London It s about time some one gave De uincy a fair podium As far as thee enactment of the multiple murders perpetrated in this story based on the actual murders that took place the amount of detail supplied moved the story along at a fine paceSome of my favorite parts of the book were the back story into the life of the antagonist especially of his years escorting the heroin shipments to China for the British East India CompanyI must admit to a bit of surprise that this book did not get attention at the time of it s publication perhaps it did and I just missed itThe book was well worth Queenie and Tom a Feline Romance reading and uite enjoyable I look forward to the next installment of the De uincy narrative From the author who has given the world an iconic hero we all know as Rambo based off the action novel First Blood we have his latest Murder As a Fine Art David Morrell is an accomplished writer who has a strong following that I am happy to be a member of I haven tead any historical fiction thriller by Morrell before by I think he s done a great job at a genre I hold near and dear to my heart Murder As a Fine Art is the fictional story of Thomas De uincey who is famous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium Eater Because of his famous essays involving the Ratcliffe Highway Murders forty years prior he is a suspect in the newest murders that are done in the same fashion The essays he wrote with great insight makes De uincey a prime suspect in London era when detective work and policing were not as we know it today In an attempt to clear his n I could not put this amazing book down I ead it over a few hours still eading it at 3am unable to put it away Full eview to come A dark uby ed liuid that seeps into the mind and into the soulLaudanumAlthough the constraints of Victorian society discouraged anyone from confessing to what was considered a failing of fortitudeThomas De uincey author of Confessions of an English Opium Eater made no secret of his dependency on what was contained in that little blue bottle to subdue the pains of the head and the face But no one would be able to subdue the panic and out of control fear that escalates after a shopkeeper and his family are found murdered one night in LondonAlthough it is 1854 the murders eflect the exactness of those committed forty three years earlier Has the deviousness crept back once again into their lives Whose demented mind would commit such heinous acts And what plan of action would bring peace to those dark winding streets in the underbelly of Victorian LondonDavid Morrell surrounds you deeply in this atmospheric novel of the screeching sounds the fetid wafting smells and the dimly lit streets filled with various personages from the highest on scale to the lowest Morrell knows how to tell a haunting and stay with you tale scale to the lowest Morrell knows how to tell a haunting and stay with you tale here s the thing I fell into this trilogy with arms wide open like the divers off the high cliffs of Acapulco I started with the third in the series Ruler of the Night Murder as a Fine Art is the first and Inspector of the Dead is second Seems like I m doin uite the tap dance here Obviously this is the one to start with and should be Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes read in order to which one gets a feel for the charactersMorrell layers his story well with historicaleferences to burial practices esurrectionists medical practices the slums of London the British East India Company and police procedures of the time period You ll come to find how Thomas De uincy and his daughter Emily a young woman well ahead of her time and two of Scotland Yard s finest Ryan and Becker fit into the cohesiveness of this stellar storyThis is a dark dark journey along London s precarious streets But a chill up the spine does wonders in the wee hours now doesn t it Find the enhanced version of this and other eviews at few weeks ago a friend came over for dinner and seeing me sprawled out on our couch book in hand astutely asked what I was eading A slow smile crept across my lips as I considered my esponse I had to be careful I was hanging on every word of the deliciously dark historic thriller in love with every lurid detail but how best to explain my enthusiasm for a book on sadistic serial killer left me in a bit of fix The book in uestion was David Morrell s Murder as a Fine ArtNow having finished the piece and struggling to do it justice in a eview I find myself in much in the same position Should I gush over the historic details that placed me suare on the gas lit cobbles of nineteenth century England Should I exclaim over his wonderfully dynamic if flawed and morally ambiguous cast Or should I just bow to Morrell s genius as the author of such a titillating white knuckle opus uite a uandary is it not Admittedly I loved the story but I can t get over the feel of this piece I have no knowledge "of the esearch that went into its creation but I m convinced Morrell exerted considerable effort in this egard Cover "the esearch that went into its creation but I m convinced Morrell exerted considerable effort in this egard Cover cover I merely had to close my eyes and I was there ight there on the dingy streets of Victorian London trailing the sweet smelling coat tails of Thomas De uincey I ll grant I have a ather vivid imagination but even so I found the period descri. Londra 1811 Nel giro di alcuni giorni due famiglie vengono trucidate nelle loro case La popolazione è terrorizzata e chiede a gran voce alla polizia di chiudere il caso Sebbene le prove siano controverse e indiziarie viene arrestato un certo John Williams che s’impicca in prigione prima del processo Nessuno scoprirà mai se fosse davvero lui il colpevoleLondra 1854 Thomas De uincey è tornato in città È passato molto tempo da uando nei salotti dell’aristocrazia e della icca borghesia il suo nome era sulla bocca. Ptions in this piece a particular treat A palatably ich meditation of evil plush with historic detail dark and dangerous as the Victorian slums Murder as a Fine Art is a brilliantly crafted fast paced must ead murder mystery An essay written about past crimes may have created a copycat beast I am not going to point fingers here but one of you wrote a Not Handsome Enough really awesomeeview for a book that truly sucks a big fat one Your top notch eview writing skills led me to believe this ead was worth my time and it was most certainly not I want to be mad at you but can t because let s be honest you are amazeballs You wrote a Busy Park review that became its own story THE COLOR OF LAUDANUM IS RUBY It is a liuid that consists of 90 percent alcohol and 10 percent opium Its taste is bitter A Swiss German alchemist invented it in the 1500s when he discovered that opium dissolved effectively in alcohol than in water In the 1660s an English physicianefined the formula Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know removed impurities such as the crushed pearls and the gold leaves and prescribed it as a medicine for headaches as well as stomach bowel and nervous disorders By the Victorian era laudanum was so widely used as a paineducer that virtually every household owned a bottle Considering that opium s derivatives include morphine and heroin laudanum s GIS and Fr�uleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany reputation as a paineducer was well founded Thomas De uincey s name can not be stated without adding the words Opium Eater He was much better known for his vices than even for his fine writing In 1822 he scandalously wrote a book called Confessions of an English Opiu 1854 London Lord Palmerston in charge under the cover of fog with a gas light as aid to see in the streets and the Hansom Cab as means of transport a macabre scene of death unfolds David Morrell has created a story in a bygone time a historical mystery that has truths meet together facts in fiction This is Edgar Allen Poe visits Dickens London kind of mysteryCholera was not the only insidious nature to visit the people but a wave of murders struck without The Confederate Privateers reason A past crime the Ratcliffe Highway killings may or may not have a connection could a serial killer be emerging from the fogThe English Opium Eater in London De uincy Opium and the alcoholic solution Laudanum made from Opium plays an importantoll in the lives of the cast of characters including De uincy who was a Big Bad Detective Agency real character from history he wrote extensively on this topic and Murder as a fine art in particular So when you are doneeading this you may chase up on De uincy and The Placer read about this era about the Opium trade the poor of London and the Ratcliffe Highway killings There was a great sense of place time and intrigue in this storyTruth in fiction handled so well with a Gothic mystery feel that has you captivated and kepteading from the first page The color of Laudanum uby It is a liuid that consists of 90 percent alcohol and 10 percent opium its percent alcohol and 10 percent opium Its is bitter A Swiss German alchemist invented it in the 1500s when he discovered that opium dissolved effectively in alcohol than in water His version included crushed pearls and gold leaves In the 1660s an English physician efined the formula emoved impurities such as the crushed pearls and the gold leaves and prescribed it as a medicine for headaches as well as stomach bowel and nervous disorders By the Victorian era laudanum
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so widely as a pain educer that virtually every household owned a bottle Considering that opium s derivatives include morphine and heroin laudanum s Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness reputation as a paineducer was well founded Toothache gout diarrhoea tuberculosis and cancer were only some of the ailments that laudanum manufacturers such as Batley s Sedative Solution Mc Munn s Elixir and Mother Bailey s uieting Syrup claimed to alleviate Women used laudanum to elieve menstrual cramps Colicky babies were given it In an interview I had with David Morrell I asked about this novel and we talked about writing Gatsby and First Blood ead full interview PendergrastWelcome and congratulations on your new novel out now Murder as a Fine Art What was the inspiration behind this new novel when was seed planted for this how long did it take to complete writing it David Morrell The idea for Murder as a Fine Art came to me in 2009 when I watched a movie Creation about Charles Darwin s nervous breakdown His favorite daughter had died His wife a devote Christian felt that he was damning his soul by writing On the Origin of Species Grief and guilt made him physically ill but the medical world of the time wasn t capable of seeing the connection Near the end of the film a character comes to Darwin and says Charles people such as De uincey are saying that we can be influenced by thoughts and emotions that we don t know we have That sure sounded like Freud but the film is set in 1855 and Freud published in the 1890s I wondered if the Other People's Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America reference was to Thomas De uincey an author I studied in a long ago literature course about the 1800s So I startedeading De uincey and he did indeed anticipate "Freud by a half century He invented the word subconscious He wrote several essays about the interpretation of "by a half century He invented the word subconscious He wrote several essays about the interpretation of again anticipating Freud He inspired Edgar Allan Poe who in turn inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes I fell into what I call a Victorian abbit hole an. Di tutti a causa dello scandaloso pamphlet L’assassinio come una delle belle arti in cui lo scrittore aveva avuto l’ardire di lodare la perizia omicida di John Williams Eppure proprio uel libro provocatorio che all’epoca lo aveva eso una celebrità Der Bilderwächter rischia adesso di costargli molto caro Perché ualcuno ha sterminato un’intera famigliaeplicando fin nei minimi dettagli gli omicidi di uarantatré anni prima È inevitabile che De uincey diventi subito il principale indiziato non solo della polizia ma soprattutt. D decided to write a mystery thriller about De uincey placing him at the start of the detective tradition Lou PendergrastTell me why do you choose to use the character De uincey in your story David MorrellIn addition to being an innovator in theories about psychology De uincey was also an expert in murder He was obsessed by a double set of mass murders that occurred in London s east end in 1811 There were probably mass murders before then but the lack of widespread communication meant that no one was aware of them In 1811 though the mail coach system meant that London s 52 newspapers could be carried throughout England in two days The esult was a national paralyzing terror De uincey invented the true crime genre in what s called his Postscript to a sensational essay On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts For fifty harrowing pages he portrayed the Ratcliffe Highway killer and his victims building almost unendurable suspense That installment of the essay was published in 1854 and my novel Murder as a Fine Art proposes that someone begins using the essay as a blueprint to ecreate the original murders Because of De uincey s obsession with the murders and because he was the first person to write about drug addiction in his notorious book Confessions of an English Opium Eater the police see him as the logical suspect Thus he becomes both the hunted and the hunter as he sets out to find whoever is perverting his work Lou PendergrastIs there any truths in this historical fiction story how much esearch did it take David MorrellMy goal was to make Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris readers believe that they are in 1854 London so theesearch was considerable lasting two years Going to that era is like going to Mars I kept finding all sorts of strange details that Victorians took for granted but that we find weird For example how much did a middle or upper class woman s clothes weigh An astonishing 37 pounds because they wore metal hoops under their dresses and those hoops needed to be covered by ten yards of Letters to Rollins ruffled satin Lou PendergrastWriting in the language of the olde English tongue how hard was it to write with this and about an environment away from your surroundings how did you go about doing this David MorrellThe Victorian era didn t use olde English Their method of speaking as evidenced in Dickens was very much like ours except that their constructions were perhaps formal It s true that they used a lot of words that we no longer understand dollymop dipper and dustman for example whicheferred to a prostitute a pickpocket and the man who came to houses and collected fireplace ashes for Britain, Europe And The Third World resale to brick factories Iead as many 1850s novels as I could find and I amassed several shelves of books about Victorian culture Lou PendergrastWill you delve into bygone eras again in future works David MorrellThe eaction to Murder as a Fine Art has been so enthusiastic that my publisher asked me to writer another novel about Thomas De Uincey So For A While Longer I M De uincey so for a while longer I m to be in 1850s London I ve been a fan of David Morrell since the first time I ead him which was Double Image Murder as a Fine Art did not disappoint The esearch into 1854 London and before specifically the Radcliffe Highway Murders was excellent What wasn t true to form the author noted in his Afterword The fictional story of eal life author Thomas Deuincey "And His Daughter Emily "his daughter Emily into this novel was uite good So not only was I entertained by the story and on the edge of my seat for most of it since it is a murder mystery but I learned a great deal of an author I never knew of and Kick your feet up and travel back to foggy murky mysterious London of 1854 and try to solve the gruesome crimes that mimick the true Radcliffe Highway murders that haunted London in 1811 You may find yourself googling as you Unverified: A Novel read along This novel set in Victorian London uses Thomas De uincey controversial author of Confessions of an English Opium Easter and On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts as the central character in this novel De uincey s essay On Murder dramatised the infamous Ratcliffe Highway killings which terrorised the country in 1811 when the inhabitants of both a shop and a tavern were murdered viciously Now it is 1854 and De uincey and his daughter Emily are staying in London at theeuest of an unknown benefactor who has arranged lodging for them However when there is an apparently motiveless murder of an entire family which mirrors that of the Ratcliffe killings De uincey s knowledge of the crimes makes him a suspectThere is no such thing as forgetting wrote De uincey and he must go back in time to discover why his work and Grand Teton Explorers Guide reputation are being used against him In many ways this is an excellent novel Detective Inspector Sean Ryan and Constable Becker are great characters as is De uincey s daughter However I do agree strongly with the previouseviewer with the obvious UFO Crash at Roswell: The Genesis of a Modern Myth research that has gone into this novel Americanisms like cookie and sidewalk jar horribly Also it did sometimes seem that the author was insistent on using every bit ofesearch and side stories such as that featuring Dr John Snow and the cholera epidemic did not also fit the storyline Overall though this is an exciting Peig: The Autobiography of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket Island read with past crimes intruding on the present conspiracy in high places and a fast moving plot. O dell’opinione pubblica ansiosa di sfogare la propriaabbia contro di lui Aiutato dalla giovane nipote e da un investigatore di Scotland Yard De uincey ha un’unica possibilità per dimostrare di essere innocente scoprire chi è il vero assassino Un assassino colto e Löwen wecken raffinato che ha consacrato la sua vita all’arte del delitto un assassino sfuggente come la nebbia notturna che striscia lungo le strade della città un assassino che ha già pianificato ogni mossa per colpire la sua prossima vittima Thomas De uince.