A complex, top-notch mystery, with a large cast of characters and multiple, interwoven plotlines...Philosophical, uncannily perceptive De Quincey competes well with Sherlock Holmes for brilliance despite drug use
Stellar writing and storytelling...Real historical figures mix with the heroes, and the thriller elements are both terrifying and grotesque. Morrell's impeccable research shines
A cracking yarn, irresistible as an emergency bottle of laudanum secreted in a shabby coat pocket. Richly detailed and engrossing; Morrell animates the Victorian era and delivers genre thrills with rare style and panache
Spectacular...The narrative builds to a powerful but bittersweet ending that will leave readers hoping that Morrell eventually chooses to resurrect this superb series.