The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Urban fantasy meets historical accuracy in this engaging and riveting novel of early 19th century Edinburgh, Scotland-a city priding itself as a bastion of Reason and Enlightenment, a city ruled by anatomists and medical school professors; a city where resurrectionists were a class by themselves, supplying cadavers to meet the Universities’ demands for anatomy lesson examples. Remember Burke & Hare, that famous body-snatching pair? Well, not only they, but many others, ruled the “underworld” of Edinburgh, and oftentimes the Police Bureau looked away. Not so Sergeant Adam Quire, a man in whom violence became ingrained during the lengthy Napoleonic Wars, an upright man who wishes to police morally, but whose downfall stems from violence, alcohol, and a magnetic streetwalker named Catherine Heron. Black magic also abounds in this intricate novel, and amazing Supernatural yet scientific events occur, entrapping Quire as he strives to bring down the wealthy kingpin of Edinburgh’s Dark Arts.
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