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Product Details

  • Series: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399166432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399166433
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HM Prison Bridewell has an occupant named Jack buried alive deep within its bowels. Every few days, men visit him to reenact his crimes upon women on Jack’s own flesh—not enough to kill, just enough to agonize. A locomotive smashes into the prison one day in 1890, and several prisoners, including Jack, escape. The Murder Squad, originally formed to find Jack the Ripper, is after another ripper named Jack. Or is it the same one? This third in Grecian’s Murder Squad series again delivers a hard-hitting historical thriller bursting with deft characterizations (especially of series hero Detective Inspector Walter Day) and the author’s knowledge of Victoriana. For example, part of the action here hinges on the tortures perpetrated by members of an actual Victorian secret society who believed in fitting the punishment to the crime. Tension builds as the escaped prisoners start a revenge murder spree and as Day’s own pregnant wife becomes a possible Ripper victim. Grecian is also the author of the graphic-novel series, Proof, which was named one of NPR’s best books of the year in 2009 --Connie Fletcher

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Praise for The Devil's Workshop
 
“Grecian has a remarkable way of pulling the reader in and down, into the swirling dark. . . We do not merely read Grecian's books; we participate in them. In the end, we emerge from this tale dazed and awed, as though we, too, have been toiling in the black womb of London's underground. We have glimpsed as through a mirror darkly the bloom of evil, the birth of destruction. We have met the Devil.”—Huffington Post

“Anyone searching for a novel chocked full of blood-letting and guilty pleasures should look no further . . . This is a skillfully constructed, very satisfying trek into a shadowy netherworld, where light is as sparsely parceled out aboveground as it is below.”—Stratton Magazine

“Delivers a hard-hitting historical thriller bursting with deft characterizations and the author’s knowledge of Victoriana.” —Booklist

“A historical thriller that moves quickly and surely, bringing Jack the Ripper back from the realm of nightmare to the streets of London . . . The novel propels readers through a nonstop chase for the escaped murderers by the police of Scotland Yard, who have no idea that Jack the Ripper, their most famous adversary, is also on the loose. Jack is the real show here, written with chilling insight by Grecian . . . Justice and punishment are the deeper themes, and the characterization is superb. Saucy Jack may be one of the most disturbing characters ever written on the page.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Grecian has penned the Murder Squad’s best outing yet! Devotees are sure to be delighted, but Grecian’s latest would also make a satisfying introduction to the series. Recommended for historical thriller enthusiasts, crime buffs, Ripperologists, and Anglophiles.”—Library Journal

Praise for The Black Country
 
“A startling and spooky sequel [with a] bold melding of horror with historical elements. The nascent bond between Walter Day and Sgt. Nevil Hammersmith is especially appealing, hinting at many rich developments to come.” -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“A first-rate thriller. Whether you read the tale in the dark night of winter or the haze of a summer sun, be prepared for the chill. The days are dark in Black Country.” -The Huffington Post

More About the Author

Alex Grecian is the national bestselling author of the 'Scotland Yard Murder Squad' novels, including THE YARD, THE BLACK COUNTRY, and the THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP. He also co-created the long-running and critically acclaimed graphic novel series PROOF, which NPR named one of the best books of 2009. He has written an original 'Murder Squad' e-book, THE BLUE GIRL, and an original graphic novel, SEVEN SONS, as well as a multitude of short stories, both comics and prose, for various anthologies. He lives in the Midwest with his wife and son. And a cat. And a tarantula. He is working on the fourth novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad.

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Customer Reviews

Undoubtedly the most intense crime book I ever read.
Harold Wolf
The story moves along nicely, has "twists and turns" which keep on on the edge of their seat.
Dan A. Kelly
In many ways, it felt almost as though there was a bit too much going on in the book.
Cathy G. Cole

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader VINE VOICE on March 18, 2014
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"The Devil's Workshop", Alex Grecian's third installment in his Murder Squad series has its flaws. Lots and lots of flaws. Starting with the lack of mystery, which other reviewers have mentioned, and continuing with the blundering investigation of our heroes. Day and Hammersmith do not investigate the escape/crime spree so much as they stumble over clues/bodies/evidence at an alarming rate. the pacing seems off, somehow, as well. The increased gore factor did not bother me too much, as anything involving Jack the Ripper is bound to be bloody and gruesome.

Day and Hammersmith seem like shadows of themselves, especially compared to earlier entries in the series. Neither one presents as terribly competent, even though they are supposed to be among the best in their field. Dr. Kingsley and Fiona do not have very meaty roles in this book, and there is too much Claire and the neverending pregnancy for my tastes. I, personallu, found the plot rather disjointed, jumping from point to point to point, with seemingly very little to connect these points in a cohesive manner (other readers may disagree).

I preferred the first two in the series, and would recommend this for a reader that is not bothered by the flaws, mentioned above, and the gore, or for one that simply must read every book in a series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John R. Roby on July 30, 2014
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I was eager to read this third book in the Scotland Yard series after I thoroughly enjoyed the first two. I was extremely disappointed by The Devil's Workshop and closed the book after reading only the first few chapters.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lost In Kansas VINE VOICE on March 11, 2014
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My luck with these vine books is that I always get the second or third book in a series, never the first. Thus I have no idea about the previous novels in this series. What I am left with is this third installment. So reader be advised that I am talking only about this book.

I loved the prologue of this book and combine the definition for Karstphanomen, I thought," Geat let's get this show on the road!" Jack the Ripper, wow, it doesn't get any better than this "boogeyman." Chapter one was good ....but then came the other chapters. The opening section of the book is SLOW. The author sets up the "bad guys" with some of the most depraved traits this side of Hannibal Lector. As for the "good guys," not the police, are some what perverted in their sense of justice. Then there is the police. Since I hadn't read the first two books I didn't know the background of these men, however the criminals were far more interesting and this is one of the sore spots of this book. It seems that the author goes out of his way not to make these characters interesting.

This thought kept crossing mind as I read, these are detectives and since there were already two previous books, then these guys are "good" detectives. I was wrong. I really didn't see that much "detecting." As a matter of fact, they sort of stumble into things. No this book is mainly about the sick convicts, the strange "goodguys," and Jack. Plus I forgot the sick killings.

I was curious about the way the author physically wrote the Jack sections. This style continued through out the book. Why? Who knows? It didn't hurt the book, it was just a curious thing that I noticed when I should I have been concerned about the book.

I love Jack the Ripper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harper on July 20, 2014
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This book was really horrible. If you like books that are sick and terrifying, this is for you. I read his other books and was truly looking forward to a good read, forget it! I finished it but was glad to see the end. What a disappointment!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nash Black VINE VOICE on March 24, 2014
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Book number 3 of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad, THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP by Alex Grecian has Inspector Day and his companions combing the streets of London for four or maybe five escaped convicts who had been sentenced to die on the scaffold. This novel is edge of your seat reading that does not let up even unto the last page, which will leave you wondering what will happen next.
As an elderly reader I have one complaint and I know the style is correct by all the rule books, but entire chapters written in italics makes reading difficult. I will admit to scanning and skipping passages. This has nothing to do with the quality of the book, it is excellent.
Nash Black, author of Cards of Death.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams VINE VOICE on April 6, 2014
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THE DEVIL’S WORKSHOP is third in Alex Grecian’s Scotland Yard Murder Squad series. We have the familiar characters from the first two books: Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, Dr. Kingsley and his daughter, and more. Day and his wife are due to become parents very soon.

But Day and Hammersmith are called out because a derailed train has broken the gates of the toughest prison in the area. Four – or was it five? -- inmates have escaped and must be found and returned to custody before they can commit more crimes. It’s possible that the alleged fifth inmate is Jack the Ripper himself.

As they try to recapture the fugitives, Day and Hammersmith uncover a vigilante secret society bent on what the members see as justice; readers will be surprised at the identity of one of the members of this society. Meanwhile, Day’s wife goes into labor, and there are surprises concerning that as well.

The setting draws readers in. Readers can imagine the errand boys running everywhere at adults’ bidding for a few coins, the gaslights of the time (the 1890’s), the fog, and more. Grecian handles this very well.

Grecian’s novels aren’t “mysteries” in the classic sense; readers quickly figure out who is doing what crimes. They are closer to thrillers. But the thrill is still there, and gory scenarios abound. Readers don’t expect thrillers to be tea parties, and Grecian’s work is in no way for extremely sensitive readers.

Also, since this is third in the series and I've read all three, I cannot attest to how easy it would be to join in at this point. For the second book, BLACK COUNTRY, and this novel, some introductory front matter might be helpful.
With all this in mind, however, I’m really learning to appreciate a well-written thriller, and this is well-written. I’ll keep my eyes open for more novels of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad.
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