Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Book Review: Ruler of The Night
Ruler of the Night is the third book in the Thomas DeQuincey trilogy from Rambo creator, David Morrell, and Mulholland Books. This is a great historical series based on the real Thomas DeQuincey, who was known in the mid-1800s as the Opium Eater. You can read all about the first two books, Murder as a Fine Art and Inspector of the Dead, here.
The historical detail in these books transported me into another time and place, 1855 to be exact when the railway was a new thing that many people distrusted. Thomas DeQuincey and his daughter, Emma, leave London by train to go and rescue DeQuincey's old apartment full of books from unpaid rent, when one of their fellow passengers in murdered. Nothing adds up as DeQuincey and his daughter look at the crime scene in the train car, and they call from Scotland Yard detectives Ryan and Becker, who are both in love with Emma.
The character of Thomas DeQuincey is fresh and interesting. His opium addiction seems deeper than that of Sherlock Holmes, but both men are just as brilliant. DeQuincey's bloomer-wearing feminist daughter is a strong character that not only keeps DeQuincey afloat, but also carries the story. If you like historical mysteries from a fresh angle, great writing and detail, Ruler of the Night is a great book for you. If you haven't read the first two books of the trilogy, I would start with Murder as a Fine Art.