The Yard (Hardcover)

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Set in 1889, London is
still reeling from the horrific killing spree of Jack the Ripper.  The crime will not be solved.  The Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure
is followed by the creation of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad, twelve men to
solve the murders in the metropolis.  One
of their own will be claimed.  A
detective is killed, his body stuffed in a trunk.  The newest member of the squad, Detective
Inspector Walter Day, is charged with finding the killer. Dr. Kingsley, a
brilliant forensic pathologist, helps the young man navigate the complex
case.  The fallen detective got too close
to the secrets of a depraved mind. Grecian intersperses chapters in the voice
of the deranged murderer, revealing a chilling evil that it will take a sharp
intellect to vanquish.  The period is
most interesting and the Murder Squad has characters you will want to read
about again soon.

— Deon Stonehouse

June 2012 Indie Next List

“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


Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and ScotlandYard has only twelve detectives known as The Murder Squad to investigate countless murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police's spectacularfailure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffersrampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. Butno one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own. . . one of the twelve . . .

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."

About the Author

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

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399149542
ISBN-10: 0399149546
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Date: May 29th, 2012
Pages: 422
Language: English