Murder as a Fine Art

Murder as a Fine Art - David Morrell Initially, I had quite a bit of trouble getting past the first few chapters of the book, the parts that described a mass murder in gruesome and bloody detail. However, I knew from the synopsis that the fictional occurrence was patterned after a historical case in London, which took place in 1811 (all a matter of historical record). Also, I had previously read David Morrell's work, so I knew that it would be masterful storytelling.

I quite enjoyed the old-school type sleuthing, without the aid of technology or forensics. One of the protagonists, Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir 'Confessions of an English Opium-Eater', "influenced Edgar Allan Poe, who in turn influenced Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation of Sherlock Holmes" -- and one could see that the way Holmes' deduction works, is very similar to De Quincey's, paying a very high intellectual tribute.

And the way the story unfolds, and concluded -- absolutely brilliant!