The Black Country: Book summary and reviews of The Black Country by Alex Grecian

The Black Country

A Novel Of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad

By Alex Grecian

The Black Country
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  • Published in USA  May 2013,
    400 pages.

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The British Midlands. It's called the "Black Country" for a reason. Bad things happen there.

When members of a prominent family disappear from a coal-mining village - and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird's nest - the local constable sends for help from Scotland Yard's new Murder Squad. Fresh off the grisly 1889 murders of The Yard, Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith respond, but they have no idea what they're about to get into. The villagers have intense, intertwined histories. Everybody bears a secret. Superstitions abound. And the village itself is slowly sinking into the mines beneath it.

Not even the arrival of forensics pioneer Dr. Bernard Kingsley seems to help. In fact, the more the three of them investigate, the more they realize they may never be allowed to leave...

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"Starred Review. Startling and spooky ... [a] bold melding of horror with historical elements." - Publishers Weekly

"A worthy successor to The Yard." - Barnes and Noble

"Grecian packs in almost more plot than a body can stand, but he presents with fine precision the gray and gritty atmosphere of late-Victorian England." - Kirkus

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Alex Grecian is the national bestselling author of The Yard and the long-running and critically acclaimed graphic novel series Proof. He lives in the Midwest with his wife and son.

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