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Ruler of the Night

by David Morrell

The notorious opium-eater returns in this sensational climax to David Morrell’s acclaimed Victorian mystery trilogy. 

Ruler of the Night blends fact and fiction to an exceptional degree, this time focusing on an actual Victorian murder so startling that it changed the culture – in this case, the first murder on an English train, it’s brutality stoking fears that the newly invented railway would, as one newspaper predicted, ‘annihilate time and space’. 

As they track the killer through the harrowing fogbound streets of 1855 London, Thomas De Quincey and his irrepressible daughter, Emily, confront their most ruthless enemy. 

The fast-paced narrative matches the speed with which the railway changed Victorian life. It brings back Scotland Yard detectives Ryan and Becker, along with Lord Palmerston, Queen Victoria, and Prince Albert, and introduces a host of new characters from this fascinating era. Master storyteller David Morrell transports readers back in time, away from the modern world and into the dangerous shadows of the past. The stakes couldn’t be greater: both the heart of Victorian society and De Quincey’s tormented soul. David Morrell is a master storyteller and transports readers back in time, and into the dangerous shadows of the past. This book is available from the Narromine Branch of the Macquarie Regional Library.