Monday, March 9, 2009
The Architect of Murder: Sold Out!
I received a little bit of good news from Hale last Friday: the first print run of The Architect of Murder sold out earlier in the week, several days after publication on the 27th February. A big thank you to all my readers; I hope you aren't disappointed.
Hale are taking pre-orders for the second print run direct, and also through the usual channels like Amazon, Borders, etc...
Westminster, 1902: Major Alec Marshall VC, newly back in London, is enlisted to make inquiries into the will of the late Cecil John Rhodes, the wealthiest man in the British Empire. That same night one of the witnesses to the will, Eric Lowenstein, is found beaten to death in a seedy boarding house, where he was lodging under a false name. As London prepares for King Edward VII's coronation, Marshall discovers that Lowenstein harboured a deadly secret concerning not only the vast fortune Rhodes amassed, but the very future of the Empire. Marshall's investigation takes him into the dark heart of a flawed genius, and sets him on a personal journey that will change his life forever.
During the Second Boer War, Great Britain lost her most famous queen, her wealthiest citizen, and twenty thousand soldiers. Back from the veldt, Alec Marshall thinks the fighting is finished, but a new battle has begun...on the mean streets of Westminster.
"excellent writing" Bernard Knight
"a fascinating marriage of investigative mayhem with keen attention to historical detail" Graham Hurley
"a fine new novel" Bill Crider.
"hugely enjoyable" Books Monthly
Posted by Rafe McGregor at 11:17 PM