Novels Featuring Look at Debt Collectors and Amateur Detective in Victorian Age on Sunday
INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD is a historical mystery novel set in London, England in 1855 featuring real life writer Thomas De Quincey and his daughter Emily as amateur sleuths assisting detectives with Scotland Yard with solving a series of murders targeting high government officials. It is the second novel by Morrell featuring De Quincey as an amateur sleuth. As in the first De Quincey novel, MURDER AS A FINE ART, Morell incorporates other historical characters into the plot of the novel including England’s Queen Victoria and its prime minister Lord Palmerston. In real life, De Quincey became a famous author after writing CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER, an autobiographical account of his addiction to laudanum (a mixture of opium and alcohol) and its effect on his life. David Morrell, the author of more than thirty books, is best known for his novels FIRST BLOOD and RAMBO, which were made into feature films starring Sylvester Stallone.
THE DEBTOR CLASS follows the lives of several characters with various challenges in their lives who go to work for a collection agency owned by Philyaw, an empathetic debt collector who looks like Humphrey Bogart. Set in present day Southern California, Goldman writes with a wry, humorous view of humanity that lightens the mood of what could be a dark novel. More importantly he humanizes the debt collectors letting the readers know that they are no different than the people they call on behalf of creditors. Ivan G. Goldman is anjournalist and the author of five novels.