MURDER AS A FINE ART
orrell has been delivering quality suspense for more than 40 years, and though his new novel goes in a different direction from his other works, it’s still amazing. Using actual history and real people to weave his tale of murder and mayhem, he has drafted his best thriller in years. This is art at its finest.
A series of brutal murders terrorized London in 1811, almost 80 years before the case of Jack the Ripper. In 1854, author Thomas De Quincey publishes an essay on the crimes; shortly after, a vicious attack leaves several dead in the same manner as depicted in his story. Of course he’s the number one suspect. With the help of his daughter and two detectives who believe in his innocence, he sets out to capture the real killer, and perhaps also solve the original slayings from more than 40 years before. (MULLHOLLAND, May, 368 pp., $25.99)