The Devil’s Workshop: A Novel of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad

Alex Grecian. Putnam, $26.95 (400p) ISBN 978-0-399-16643-3
Heavy-handed telegraphing of plot turns and contrived drama mar Grecian’s third Victorian thriller featuring Insp. Walter Day (after 2013’s The Black Country). When a deliberate train derailment outside a London prison destroys the prison’s wall, a few convicts (the number is uncertain) escape through the breach. Among them are some vicious murderers, including Geoffrey Cinderhouse, the first killer Day captured as a member of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad. Day is worried because Cinderhouse, who visited Day’s wife, Claire, shortly before his apprehension, knows where Day lives and could pose a threat to the now pregnant Claire. Several retired inspectors, including Day’s mentor, Adrian March, join the manhunt, whose challenges are amplified by the reappearance of Jack the Ripper a year or so after the Whitechapel slayings. Readers who find the storyline a frustrating tease will hope that Grecian returns to form in the next installment. Agent: Seth Fishman, Gernert Company. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/24/2014
Release date: 05/20/2014
Genre: Fiction
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