Set in London right after the reign of Jack the Ripper, this novel has Walter Day— newly hired on at Scotland Yard—trying to solve the murder of a fellow detective. Afraid that they face a new Ripper and still suffering from low public opinion, the whole squad struggles with the possibility of a new type of criminal—the serial killer. Rich with historic details and full of tantalizing action, this is a fascinating look at the very start of modern police investigation—and the start of modern crime.— Nici
“Hard on the heels of the failure of the Metropolitan police to catch Jack the Ripper, a London bobby is found murdered in a horrific fashion. With a style that is light and witty, juxtaposed with the grimness of the underbelly of 19th century London, Grecian has concocted a delightful recreation of the early days of Scotland Yard. Action, suspense, with characters both unsavory and sympathetic -- this is a joy to read!”
— Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
When Walter Day, the squad's newest hire, is assigned thecase of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in theYard's first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley. Togetherthey track the killer, who clearly is not finished with The MurderSquad . . . but why?
Filled with fascinating period detail, and real historical figures, this spectacular debut in a new series showcases the depravity of late Victorian London, the advent of criminology, andintroduces a stunning new cast of characters sure to appeal tofans of "The Sherlockian" and "The Alienist."
"Lusciously rich with detail, atmosphere, and history, and yet as fast paced as a locomotive, The Yard will keep you riveted from page one. It's truly a one- or two-sitting read."
—Jeffery Deaver, author of Carte Blanche and The Bone Collector
"Alex Grecian’s The Yard is a brilliantly crafted debut novel with unforgettable characters. An utterly gripping tale perfectly evokes Victorian London and brings you right back to the depraved and traumatic days of Jack the Ripper. And I mean that in the best possible way."
—Lisa Lutz, author of The Spellman Files
“Outstanding. If Charles Dickens isn’t somewhere clapping his hands for this, Wilkie Collins surely is.” – Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“Grecian’s debut is the promising start of a new series and should be one of the most acclaimed and popular mysteries of the year. Caleb Carr’s The Alienist> is the obvious comparison, thanks to The Yard’s attention to detail and mix of historical facts and vivid fictional creations.” – Huffington Post
“A winner, filled with Victorian arcane and eccentric characters and more humor than one expects from such a work.” – The Rap Sheet
“Grecian powerfully evokes both the physical, smog-ridden atmosphere of London in 1889 and its emotional analogs of anxiety and depression. His infusion of actual history adds to this thriller’s credibility and punch. A deeply satisfying reconstruction of post-Ripper London.” – Booklist
“This excellent murder mystery debut introduces a fascinating cast of characters. Grecian displays a flair for language as well as creating vivid (and occasionally gruesome) depictions of places and events.” – Library Journal