#Bookreview – The Red Hand of Fury by R.N Morris @rnmorris @rararesources #giveaway
The Red Hand of Fury by R.N. Morris
Published by Severn House Publishers on 1st July 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
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A series of bizarre suicides leads Detective Inspector Silas Quinn to revisit his own troubled past ...
June, 1914. A young man is mauled to death by a polar bear at London Zoo. Shortly afterwards, another young man leaps to his death from a notorious Suicide Bridge. Two seemingly unconnected deaths - and yet there are similarities.
Following a third attempted suicide, DI Silas Quinn knows he must uncover the link between the three men if he is to discover what caused them to take their own lives. The one tangible piece of evidence is a card found in each of the victims' possession, depicting a crudely-drawn red hand. What does it signify? To find the answers, Quinn must revisit his own dark past. But can he keep his sanity in the process?
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Wow, I just want to talk about the beginning of the book! I had no idea where it was going or who the first patient would be and bam! The author just throws a curve ball straight off the bat! Jaw dropped!!!
This is book four in the series of Silas Quinn, but you are fine as you don’t have to read the others to read this. It reads perfectly as a stand-alone novel.
Silas is a famed detective, but he feels like he has not done anything to deserve the praise. He lets his two sergeants do the thinking and then decides one of their ideas to solve cases.
They are in a bit of a lull when Inchball comes across a new story where a man has decided to strip all his clothes off and jump into a bear enclosure…well you can guess what happen! Silas and Macadam write it off as nothing to investigate. Then a man jumps off a bridge, known as Suicide bridge, again getting naked and jumping! Now their interest is peaked, what is going on..and now they begin to delve into the history but not before there is a third (near) victim…and this time its someone that one of them knows.
This is not a book for the faint-hearted that is for sure. It is at times such a dark foreboding read. Some of the descriptive words that the author uses are so detailed I found myself cringing so much that I could see the scenes and smell the smells. Not always a good thing I am telling you!! Especially when we spend time in Coney Hatch asylum…
It was interesting to read about life pre-war, being set in 1914. Simple throwaway comments like hearses being cars instead of horse-drawn carriages, ‘because it is all the rage now,’ seem crazy but back then it was not.
Silas is a complex and maybe even slightly crazy character. You are following him into a tunnel of discovery, especially when you learn some of his history at the beginning wondering where it will fit in, in the present.
Always wondering can he be trusted…..
About R.N Morris
R. N. Morris is the author of eight historical crime novels. His first, A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger. The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin House, The Dark Palace and now The Red Hand of Fury, published on 31 March, 2018. Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris. He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes
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