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In 1865 Charles Dickens, the world’s most famous writer, narrowly escapes death in the Staplehurst Rail Disaster. He will never be the same again. A public hero for rescuing survivors, he slowly descends into madness as he hunts the individual he believes to be responsible for the carnage: a spectral figure known only as Drood.

His best friend, Wilkie Collins, is enlisted for the pursuit. Together they venture into Undertown, the shadowy, lawless web of crypts and catacombs beneath London. Here Drood is rumoured to hold sway over a legion of brainwashed followers. But as Wilkie spirals ever further into opium addiction and jealousy of the more successful novelist, he must face a terrifying possibility: is Charles Dickens really capable of murder?

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery / Historical Mysteries

On Sale: 1st October 2009

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781849163484


'Peopled by characters worthy of Dickens novel …. a fascinating book that adds to the speculative writings about the Victorian author's last and unfinished work. A must-read for all Dickens and Wilkie Collins admirers' Daily Mail.
Daily Mail
'A rich and strange book… the pages fly by' Daily Telegraph.
Daily Telegraph
'A dazzling journey through a crooked, gaslit labyrinth and a tenebrous portraiture of the tortured minotaurs that dwell within. Genius is the true mystery, and at its edge - the abyss' Guillermo del Toro, film director.
Guillermo del Toro
'A manic energy that compels shock and awe' Independent.
'Readers will race through the pages, drawn by the intricate plot and the proliferation of intriguing psychological puzzles' Publishers Weekly.
Publisher's Weekly
'I am in awe of Dan Simmons' Stephen King.
Stephen King