Murder as a Fine Art
Internationally renowned action thriller author David Morrell, best known for his First Blood novel on which the Rambo films were based, discusses his new historical mystery Murder as a Fine Art. Set in Victorian London and expertly blending fact with fiction, it is a harrowing exhumation of the infamous Ratcliffe Highway murders, a series of mass killings that rivaled those of Jack the Ripper. It features a fictional version of Thomas De Quincey, whose obsession with the case prompted him to write his legendary essay On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts. David Morrell will be in conversation with poet and De Quincey biographer Grevel Lindop. The event will take place in the appropriate Victorian splendour of the John Rylands Library’s Historic Reading Room.