The Yard

The Yard

Book - 2012
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Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives--known as "The Murder Squad"--to investigate countless 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 twelve . . .

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.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399149542
Characteristics: 422 p. ;,24 cm.


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Oct 21, 2018

There is a lot happening in this book but it all comes together in the end. I enjoyed this read and will look up others in the series.

Feb 26, 2018

Exciting, fun to read. Glad I didn't live at that time.

CRRL_MegRaymond Jan 24, 2018

London has a newly formed "Murder Squad" to hunt for predatory killers.

Jul 14, 2017

I read all five of his books in 5 days. I loved them!

Apr 13, 2017

Bah. The "period details" many go on about are rubbish. Closure? Victorians sought closure? A beat cop? What? I thought the story was pretty good, except the end was a bit too neat, but as for evoking Victorian way. The language was atrociously modern.

Oct 02, 2016

Vivid descriptions of Victorian London and a police force on its infancy and struggling after the failure to capture the Ripper. This book is the start of a interesting series with characters worth following.

forbesrachel Oct 26, 2014

A new type of criminal has emerged as the unsolved case of Jack the Ripper looms over London. Worse yet, the citizens no longer trust these police who are poorly prepared for what is coming, and obstruct their investigations more often than not. The Yard follows the day to day of these over-worked, under-paid, yet devoted defenders within the framework of solving the murder of one of their own. Right off the bat we are given the answers through a series of sections told from the criminal's point of view. This makes it less a mystery novel, and more a story about the individuals in the Murder Squad itself. These characters each have their own distinct appearance, past, and thought processes, with the later point being especially relevant as crimes were harder to solve in the 1800's. The author studies the characters, as much as the time period. We see them just as policework is beginning to specialize, which is in reaction to criminals who are becoming smarter, and more irrationally violent. They will need new procedures, science, and a keen wit to catch this new breed of killer.

ChristineT_RPL Oct 02, 2014

Here is one that I could not put down. I even contemplated calling in sick to work just to read this book. I loved the way the author created every detail of this world. Alex Grecian uses actual historical characters and places to add to the reality of this story. I must warn you thought that this is not for the faint of heart. There are some gruesome descriptions of the murders, from the victims point of view. Blood and gore galore!

rlbishop7880 Mar 23, 2014

Excellent writing. There are multiple story threads and various points of view, but it's always easy to keep track of where you are and what's happening. If you like historical fiction this is an excellent step into Victorian England. Plenty of romance while maintaining the gritty danger of life on the streets. A good balance of humor against the murderous backdrop as well.

Mar 20, 2014

Great characters one cares about, fine historical detail, didn't want to put it down till I was finished. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Hope there's more good books coming from this author.

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