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The Yard by Alex Grecian

The Yard (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Alex Grecian

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Title:The Yard
Authors:Alex Grecian
Info:Putnam Adult (2012), Edition: First Edition first Printing, Hardcover, 432 pages
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The Yard by Alex Grecian (2012)

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It’s a year after the Ripper murders, and the Yard is still reeling from its failure to capture him. A newly organized “Murder Squad” sought to change public scorn of the police force. In the city of London in the late nineteenth century, children disappeared and no one looked for them, morgues were overladen and the dead not treated respectfully, and crime was rampant and police, over-worked. Then, when one of their own was brutally murdered, the Murder Squad goes after the killer with a vengeance. Rich in imagery of nineteenth century London and not lacking in detail, both descriptive and graphic, this mystery is a masterful combination of plot and characters. ( )
  Maydacat | Sep 8, 2015 |
This story is like the streets of Victorian London, tight, full of life, winding in many directions, leading to a final destination that may be exciting, fun, or full of mystery.We find all these qualities in this superlative tale of the early days of Scotland Yard, including the founding of it’s Murder Squad. This is a hand picked group of detectives who are assigned to investigate only the most heinous of crimes, murder. The author fills the pages with fully fleshed characters who jump to life from the pages of the book. This is definitely worth the read and I look forward to the further episodes. ( )
  Ronrose1 | Aug 9, 2015 |
This historical fiction takes place in 1889. The police have been embarrassed by their failure to catch Jack the Ripper. Another serial killer has appeared, and seems to be killing members of the police squad. The story was pretty good, and it was a bit of a page turner, but the modern dialog was a little jarring. If you are interested in a quick, fun read, you might enjoy this one. If you are a stickler for historical accuracy, I don't think you will enjoy it as much. ( )
  NanaCC | Jul 26, 2015 |
Shortly after the reign of terror by Jack the Ripper the London police form a “murder squad”. Twelve men picked for their proven investigative skills to solve murders in 19th century London. When one of the officers is found stuffed into a steamer trunk with his eyes and mouth sewn shut the whole squad is in shock. How could such a heinous crime happen to one of their own? Walter Day, the newest member of the squad is assigned to the case. Insp. Day suspects that this murder is only the beginning and the whole squad is being targeted. He forms an unusual alliance with Dr. Kingsley who performs autopsies for the department. Between the two of them CSI type investigative skills slowly begin to form.

Being a fan of murder mysteries and historical fiction I was looking forward to reading this book when I heard about. I was not disappointed. The characters are interesting and the author brings the backdrop of 1890’s London to life for the reader. I find it particularly interesting to read the author’s perspective on how fingerprint analysis and trace evidence gathering could have been born. If you are a fan of the genre, this book is a must read.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Awful. Worse than awful. I've put it in my Absolute Duds collection - nuff said! ( )
  mlfhlibrarian | May 10, 2015 |
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Readers who enter The Yard’s world-on-the-edge-of-change will be counting days until the sequel, hoping to meet some of these great characters again.

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If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse's feet,
Don't go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street.
Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie.
Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!

- Rudyard Kipling, "A Smuggler's Song"
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London, 1889. Nobody noticed when Inspector Christian Little of Scotland Yard disappeared, and nobody was looking for him when he was found.
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Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own... one of the 12....
When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley. Together they track the killer, who clearly is not finished with The Murder Squad.... 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, and introduces a stunning new cast of characters sure to appeal to fans of The Sherlockian and The Alienist.
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Suffering public contempt after the Metropolitan Police's failure to capture Jack the Ripper, Walter Day, a member of Victorian London's recently formed "Murder Squad," partners with Scotland Yard's first forensic pathologist to track down a killer who is targeting their colleagues.… (more)

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