The Black Country

by Alex Grecian

The Black Country

Hardcover, 384 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $26.95 | purchase

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When members of a prominent coal-mining family go missing, Scotland Yard's Murder Squad teammates Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith, aided by newly arrived forensics pioneer Dr. Bernard Kingsley, investigate dark secrets and realize that the family's village is slowly sinking into underground mines.

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Fact Behind The Fiction: 5 Great Historicals For Summer

No real-life characters populate this novel, but there is a solid real-life foundation in the widespread public distress after London's Metropolitan Police failed to capture Jack the Ripper in the 1880s. Alex Grecian's 2012 debut novel, The Yard, introduced a quirky, crack trio of detectives, Inspector Walter Day, Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith and Dr. Bernard Kingsley. In this thriller they reconvene in rural England to track down a boogeyman known by locals as "Rawhead and Bloody

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