10 May
Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company A division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. 2013 First edition hardcover 354 pages including Postscript; and Afterword Historical (thriller) fiction

Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company
A division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. 2013
First edition hardcover 354 pages including Postscript; and Afterword
Historical (thriller) fiction

“Does reality exist objectively, or is it a subjective projection of our thoughts?”
Immanuel Kant (1724 – 1804)
German Philosopher

Had I have known the name of the author who wrote the book, the movie *First Blood is based on, I would have made David Morrell’s acquaintance much sooner. Much sooner.

Last summer I met Thomas de Quincey. I would not have otherwise met him were it not for the fact that he ate Opium. I wrote of that encounter here. Since then, whilst he was an intriguing enough chap, I gave him no further thought. No further thought, that is, until a few days ago when Morrell caught my attention with this book.

Murder as a Fine Art is spellbinding.

It’s 1854 and we are in London. It’s night here and the cobbles glisten beneath the mist-laden fog. The man with the yellow beard, referred to as ’the artist’, hesitates briefly beneath the gas-light, then stealthily disappears once again into the night fog.

Murders, heinous slaughters; Scotland Yard; Thomas de Quincey; suspense; diabolical agendas; Victorian gothic settings; secrets; oh, and did I mention the notorious writer Thomas de Quincey?

So well written, pages turn themselves.

*First Blood is a 1971 book written by David Morrell – subsequently made into an American film in 1982 staring American actor Sylvester Stallone. The first in the trilogy of the Rambo character.


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