A city, gripped in the fear of terrifying crimes, will be pushed to breaking point.
London, 1914. A killer is at liberty in the dark alleys of the city. His victims have one thing in common: all the blood has been drained from their bodies. Who could do such a thing – and why would he want his victims’ blood?
As the killer’s reign of terror continues, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn of Scotland Yard’s Special Crimes department realises that, in order to catch his prey, he must learn to think like the killer himself.
His search will take him through London’s squalid back streets, seedy Soho haunts and louche aristocratic watering holes, all in pursuit of a truly twisted individual.
First in an absolutely gripping historical mystery series, perfect for fans of Abir Mukherjee, S. G. MacLean and Rory Clements.
Praise for R. N. Morris
‘Morris launches a new series with this superior whodunnit’ Publishers Weekly
‘A challenging, utterly fascinating read’ Booklist
‘Quinn’s passion for justice makes for an engrossing and disquieting Sherlockian entry’ Library Journal
British author Morris (The Gentle Axe and three other historicals featuring policeman Porfiry Petrovich of Crime and Punishment fame) launches a new series with this superior whodunit set in 1914 before the start of WWI. Inspector Quinn, "an extraordinarily gifted detective" who heads the Special Crimes Department, an unorthodox unit within Scotland Yard, has earned the nickname "Quick-fire Quinn" for his tendency to kill suspects rather than apprehend them. With the future of the department in doubt due to the Home Secretary's opposition, the inspector devotes himself to catching the butcher who slit the throat of a young male prostitute before draining all the man's blood, an inquiry hampered by the difficulty in actually identifying the rootless victim. Morris does a fine job of conveying the grimness of life on the streets, and his hero's wrestling with his own inner demons makes a nice change from the typically unreflective historical detective.
Summon Up the Blood
Very much enjoyed this book. Not your usual Sherlock Holmes mystery. Great verbal visuals of an era where man to man sexual preferences were crimes. Detective Quinn is presented with all his psychological quirks and his journey through learning the inside workings of a murderer from an unfamiliar element in society. I enjoy the characters in their roles and liked hearing about the beginnings of special police units that address serial killers and all the other cases that society would rather believe don’t really happen. Some Sherlock, Freud and Oscar Wilde all mixed with proper society and a bowler hat. Check it out.