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By Dan Simmons

ISBN-10: 0316007021

ISBN-13: 9780316007023

ISBN-10: 0316040681

ISBN-13: 9780316040686

On June nine, 1865, whereas touring by way of teach to London together with his mystery mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the peak of his powers and recognition, the main well-known and winning novelist on this planet and maybe within the background of the world--hurtled right into a catastrophe that modified his existence forever.
Did Dickens commence residing a dismal double lifestyles after the twist of fate? have been his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, homicide, opium dens, using lime pits to dissolve our bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere learn . . . or whatever extra terrifying?
Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons attracts impeccably from heritage to create a gloriously attractive and terrifying narrative. in keeping with the historic info of Charles Dickens's existence and narrated by way of Wilkie Collins (Dickens's buddy, common collaborator, and Salieri-style mystery rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the well-known author's final years and should give you the key to Dickens's ultimate, unfinished paintings: The secret of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and totally unique, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his robust most sensible.

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There was a confusion in my mind and a nauseating sickness permeating my body. Our new home was at Melcombe Place; we had moved from Harley Street a year earlier, partly because of the greater income and literary position that The Woman in White had afforded me. ) When I say “our” or “we” I refer to the woman I had been living with for some years, a certain Caroline G—— and her then fourteen-year-old daughter, Harriet, whom we often called Carrie. ) But Caroline and Harriet were away this week, visiting a cousin in Dover, and—with our two real servants also gone this night (I admit to listing Caroline’s daughter as a “maid-servant” on our annual tax role census at this time)—I had the house to myself.

I thought not. Almost certainly a leaded club though. Perhaps handcuffs. The ruffians ahead of us and behind us and to the sides of us would know. The circle of men shuffled away as quickly as it had coalesced. I expected heavy stones or at least gobs of refuse to be thrown at us as we passed, but when we moved on, nothing stronger than a muffled curse was flung in our direction. Detective Hatchery faded into the darkness behind us and Dickens continued his rapid cane-tapping march to what I believed to be the south.

The tenements here crowded high and close except for the few that were total ruins, merely collapsed heaps of masonry and wood. Even there, in those tumbled or charred absences, I could sense dark shadows moving and stirring and watching us. Dickens led us over a narrow, rotted footbridge that crossed a reeking tributary to the Thames. (This was the year, I should point out to you, Dear Reader, that the Prince of Wales officially turned the wheel that opened the Main Drainage Works at Crossness, the first great step in chief engineer Joseph Bazalgette’s attempt to bring a modern sewage system to London.

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