Once I decided to start reading this book I realized it was 4th in the Silas Quinn Series, although it can be read as a standalone, it means I will have to go buy all the others because I enjoyed this book a lot.
“But what is the book, Jess?” You may ask. Well, it’s called “The Red Hand of Fury” by R. N. Morris and I will tell you a bit more about him and his book.
First, I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for this blog tour, to R. N. Morris for the amazing book and for getting me curious about the all series, and to NetGalley for the eCoppy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
R. N. Morris is the author of eight historical crime novels. His first, A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger. The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin House, The Dark Palace and now The Red Hand of Fury, published on 31 March, 2018.
London, June 1914. A young man is mauled to death at London Zoo after deliberately climbing into the bear pit. Shortly afterwards, another young man leaps to his death from the notorious Suicide Bridge. Two seemingly unconnected deaths – and yet there are similarities.
Following a third attempted suicide, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn knows he must uncover the link between the three men if he is to discover what caused them to take their own lives. The one tangible piece of evidence is a card found in each of the victims’ possession, depicting a crudely-drawn red hand. What does it signify? To find the answers, Quinn must revisit his own dark past. But can he keep his sanity in the process…
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This is the first book I read in the Silas Quinn series. Before I started reading I knew it was the 4th book in the series, but I decided to just go for it and read the other three after. And I discover that it’s okay to read it as a standalone, because you still get all the goosebumps and all the tension, and you are even more curious about Silas, the Deputy Inspector that is the head of the Special Crimes Department at the Scotland Yard.
When you begin the book you get immediately pushed in to the world of the Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum and because one of my favorite books and movies is “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” you may understand why I got intrigued even more. And if in the other book and movie the doctors and staff were scarier than the patients, in “The Red Hand of Fury” you can be sure it’s the same.
As we keep reading we understand more what’s going on and even more questions start to form in our minds. This mystery/crime book involves Silas and his companions trying to figure out what caused the death of a series of men. Meanwhile he must confront his own past and we get this weird feeling sometimes, but still we keep reading.
That’s what happened to me. I wasn’t entirely sure of what was true or not. Was he really crazy or was he just pretending? Nevertheless, with the mystery behind those weird deaths, I was so stuck in the book I couldn’t let it go even when I was ready to jump from my seat.
Silas Quinn fascinated me. He’s a complex and intelligent man, haunted by his past, just like we all are I suppose, but there is this ‘something else’ I can’t quite put my finger on that makes him different from all the other detective characters in books, movies and tv series.
R. N. Morris did such an wonderful job creating amazing (good and bad, or just crazy) characters and setting the atmosphere and flow of the book in such a way that made it possible for me to fell into the book and feel like I was part of that story.
I totally recommend this book and I will be reading the previous ones in the near future.
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