Fans of David Morrell have enjoyed four decades of exceptional, action-packed thrillers. Starting in 1972 with First Blood (which inspired the Rambo film franchise), Morrell has published 28 novels and several nonfiction titles. The last few years, however, have been uncharacteristically quiet. Since 2010′s The Naked Edge, we have heard nothing from Morrell, and BookPage readers have been asking us when the drought will end.
Good news! David Morrell’s next thriller, Murder as a Fine Art, comes out on May 7. It’s a historical thriller, a “harrowing new direction” for Morrell, set in 1854 London.
Here’s what readers have to look forward to:
The Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811 were the most notorious mass killings in their day. Never fully explained, they brought London and all of England to the verge of panic.
Forty-three years later, the equally notorious Thomas De Quincey returns to London. Along with his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, he is infamous for a scandalous essay about the killings: “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts.”
Days after his arrival, a family is killed in the same horrific way as the earlier murders. It seems someone is using the essay as an inspiration—and a blueprint. And De Quincey himself is the obvious suspect. Aided by his brilliant daughter Emily and two determined Scotland Yard detectives, he must uncover the truth before more blood is shed and London itself becomes the next victim.
In Murder as a Fine Art, gaslit London becomes a battleground between a literary star and a demented murderer. Their lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.
Are you excited for Morrell’s new direction?