The Edinburgh Dead

The Edinburgh Dead

by Brian Ruckley


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Edinburgh: 1828

In the starkly lit operating theaters 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 newly formed 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.

The Edinburgh Dead is a powerful fusion of gothic horror, history, and the fantastical.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316079969
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 08/17/2011
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Brian Ruckley was born and brought up in Scotland. After studying at Edinburgh and Stirling Universities, he worked for a series of organizations dealing with environmental, nature conservation and youth development issues. He lives in Edinburgh. Find out more about Brian Ruckley at

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The Edinburgh Dead 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
vernefan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With an aura of Edgar Allen Poe, a Dickensian style, and the creativity of Mary Shelley, Brian Ruckley pens his tale of The Edinburgh Dead with an incredible Victorian flourish. Steeped in historic atmosphere, this story takes place in the early 1800s amidst an Edinburgh Scotland still locked in the days of horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone streets, and lamplighters that nightly climb to the top of gas lit light posts so that one can see their way through the darkened alleyways and descending fog.Ruckley introduces a new detective that readers may find a little akin to characters that Johnny Depp played in the movies From Hell and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Adam Quire is not quite refined, but no guttersnipe either. As a member of the Edinburgh Police force he is lately charged to investigate the murder of a man found dead in a doorway with his throat ripped out. Wounds show Adam that this was not a natural act or the act of man. Once this story takes off and Quire begins his hunt for the killer, readers will get sucked into an evocative and intoxicating world of both the elite and seedy sides of Scotland's Victorian era. Both a murder thriller and horror chiller combined, the author deftly concocts a mystery most gruesome and will have his readers locking doors and keeping candles burning in order to keep the beasts of the night at bay as they listen to the things that go bump in the night. This is an eerie tale told with panache and stamped with talent.Quire's character is sharp and likeable. I am hoping that this book will be the first in a series of adventures featuring this humble and soulful detective who has a penchant for setting things aright. Going along for the ride in the background of this tale are some decent supporting role characters that I'd like to see become more involved in any future stories. The Edinburgh Dead definitely gets two thumbs up from this reviewer who highly recommends that you give it a try.
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trents16q More than 1 year ago
While not the typical zombie book, still very enjoyable. I usually like my books with hordes of zombies. If you're looking for one of those this probably isnt for you. But if you give it a chance you will like it. Engaging characters and a good storyline. I look forward to more books from this author.
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