Ruler of the Night by David Morrell. Published by Mullholland

Opium addict Thomas De Quincey is back in the final installment of Morrell’s Victorian London trilogy. De Quincy and his very intelligent daughter, Emily are traveling by rail when they discover that a man has been brutally stabbed to death is his locked, first class compartment. They join forces with Scotland Yard Detective Ryan and his new partner, Becker. They follow leads into London where a series of mysterious murders are being committed. As De Quincy tracks a killer, he must also face his most dangerous and frightening challenge – his opium addiction, which is on track to lead him to madness and certain death. Morrell places readers firmly in Victorian England, the sights and sounds of a bygone era come alive. I’m going to miss this series!

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