The Yard (Hardcover)

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It's 1889 and Jack the Ripper's horrifying murders appear to be over. No is really sure though, since the Metropolitan Police failed to capture him. As a result, Scotland Yard has formed "The Murder Squad." These twelve detectives are expected to solve not just all the murders within London, but also all serious crimes such as assault, armed robbery, and rape. Thousands of these crimes occur in the city every month. The squad faces contempt from every corner. The uniformed police rarely cooperate with them, the press makes jokes about them, and their commander doesn't even notice that one of them hasn't shown up to work for months.The newest member of the squad, Detective Inspector Walter Day, has no idea why he has been assigned the squad.  Imagine his surprise when he learns that he was personally chosen to join his comrades by Inspector Adrian March, the man who led the hunt for the Ripper and who was forced to leave Scotland Yard in shame when he failed to solve that case.  Day is about to find out if he has what it takes to be a detective.  One of the members of the Murder Squad has himself been murdered and gruesomely trussed up in a trunk. Walter Day is assigned the case, since he was not personally acquainted with the victim. He receives help from unexpected people around him, including Dr. Bernard Kingsley, the Yard's pathologist who is pioneering the science of forensics.Although this is his first written novel, (he is the author of the graphic novel series, Proof) Mr. Grecian captures the feel of Victorian London very well. His characters are genuine and engaging.   Hopefully, Detective Inspector Day, Dr. Kingsley, Constable Hammersmith, and all the others will be back again.

— Karen B

June 2012 Indie Next List

“Hard on the heels of the failure of the Metropolitan police to catch Jack the Ripper, a London bobby is found murdered in a horrific fashion. With a style that is light and witty, juxtaposed with the grimness of the underbelly of 19th century London, Grecian has concocted a delightful recreation of the early days of Scotland Yard. Action, suspense, with characters both unsavory and sympathetic -- this is a joy to read!”
— Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH


Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and ScotlandYard has only twelve detectives known as The Murder Squad to investigate countless murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police's spectacularfailure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffersrampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. Butno 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 thecase of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in theYard's first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley. Togetherthey track the killer, who clearly is not finished with The MurderSquad . . . 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, andintroduces a stunning new cast of characters sure to appeal tofans of "The Sherlockian" and "The Alienist."

About the Author

Alex Grecian is the author of the long-running and critically acclaimed graphic novel series Proof. He lives in the Midwest with his wife and son. "The Yard" is his first novel.

Praise For…

"Lusciously rich with detail, atmosphere, and history, and yet as fast paced as a locomotive, The Yard will keep you riveted from page one. It's truly a one- or two-sitting read."

—Jeffery Deaver, author of Carte Blanche and The Bone Collector

"Alex Grecian’s The Yard is a brilliantly crafted debut novel with unforgettable characters. An utterly gripping tale perfectly evokes Victorian London and brings you right back to the depraved and traumatic days of Jack the Ripper. And I mean that in the best possible way."  

—Lisa Lutz, author of The Spellman Files

“Outstanding. If Charles Dickens isn’t somewhere clapping his hands for this, Wilkie Collins surely is.” – Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Grecian’s debut is the promising start of a new series and should be one of the most acclaimed and popular mysteries of the year. Caleb Carr’s The Alienist> is the obvious comparison, thanks to The Yard’s attention to detail and mix of historical facts and vivid fictional creations.” – Huffington Post

“A winner, filled with Victorian arcane and eccentric characters and more humor than one expects from such a work.” – The Rap Sheet

“Grecian powerfully evokes both the physical, smog-ridden atmosphere of London in 1889 and its emotional analogs of anxiety and depression. His infusion of actual history adds to this thriller’s credibility and punch. A deeply satisfying reconstruction of post-Ripper London.” – Booklist

“This excellent murder mystery debut introduces a fascinating cast of characters. Grecian displays a flair for language as well as creating vivid (and occasionally gruesome) depictions of places and events.” – Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399149542
ISBN-10: 0399149546
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Date: May 29th, 2012
Pages: 422
Language: English
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