Murder as a Fine Art (2013) Darting in and out of the gaslit shadows of Victorian London, a murderer who calls himself an "artist of death" plots his ghastly tableaux with… 2013-05-07 Fiction Mulholland Books
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Murder as a Fine Art (2013)

Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: May 07, 2013; Writer: David Morrell; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Mulholland Books

Darting in and out of the gaslit shadows of Victorian London, a murderer who calls himself an ''artist of death'' plots his ghastly tableaux with precision in Murder as a Fine Art. Thanks to his essay ''On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts,'' the real-life laudanum addict Thomas De Quincey becomes Scotland Yard's prime suspect. Morrell's masterful blend of fact and fiction reads like a 19th-century novel, evoking 1854 London with such finesse that you'll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones, the racket of dustmen, and the shrill call of vendors. A

Originally posted May 01, 2013 Published in issue #1258 May 10, 2013 Order article reprints