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The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley
Orbit Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841498652
Date: 04 August 2011 List Price 7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

I've been eagerly awaiting this, since I first heard about it on the grapevine, some years ago now. Brian Ruckley first hit the scene with Winterbirth, a bloody heroic fantasy with a Celtic twist that he followed with to further volumes which together formed the Godless World Trilogy.The Edinburgh Dead is a very different animal indeed - a Gothic murder mystery with a fantastical Frankenstein twist. It's rare, in this brand conscious industry, for an author to make such a radical stylistic switch, and for Orbit (who now publish in paperback original) to support this choice, I'm guessing the book will be very good indeed. Definitely on for my 'to be read' pile. Yours too!

"Edinburgh 1827. In the starkly-lit operating theatres of the city, grisly experiments are being carried out on corpses in the name of medical science. But elsewhere, there are those experimenting with more sinister forces. Amongst the crowded, sprawling tenements of the labyrinthine Old Town, a body is found, its neck torn to pieces. Charged with investigating the murder is Adam Quire, Officer of the Edinburgh Police. The trail will lead him into the deepest reaches of the city's criminal underclass, and to the highest echelons of the filthy rich. Soon Quire will discover that a darkness is crawling through this city of enlightenment - and no one is safe from its corruption. "

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