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By Dan Simmons

On June nine, 1865, whereas touring by means of teach to London along with his mystery mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the peak of his powers and recognition, the main well-known and profitable novelist on the planet and maybe within the background of the world--hurtled right into a catastrophe that modified his existence endlessly.

Did Dickens start dwelling a depressing double existence after the coincidence? have been his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, homicide, opium dens, using lime pits to dissolve our bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere learn . . . or anything extra terrifying?

Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons attracts impeccably from heritage to create a gloriously attractive and terrifying narrative. in line with the ancient info of Charles Dickens's lifestyles and narrated via Wilkie Collins (Dickens's buddy, common collaborator, and Salieri-style mystery rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the recognized author's final years and will give you the key to Dickens's ultimate, unfinished paintings: The secret of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and completely unique, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his robust most sensible.

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The four guards, carrying axes and iron pry rods, were jogging ahead, the gentleman in the formal suit puffing to keep up. ” Dickens cried to them. He squeezed the woman’s hand. Her pale fingers squeezed back, the first finger closing, opening, and then curling and closing again around his first fingers much as a newborn baby would instinctively but tentatively grasp its father’s hand. She said nothing, but Dickens heard her sigh from the shadows. It seemed almost a contented sound. He held her hand in both of his and prayed that she was not seriously injured.

Dickens could clearly see the grey-and-pink pulp glistening within the concave bowl of splintered skull. The fellow’s face was covered with blood, his eyes white orbs staring out through crimson rivulets. Dickens could think of nothing to do but offer the man some brandy from his flask. The mouth of the flask came away red from the man’s lips. Dickens helped him lie on the grass and then used the water in his top hat to clean the man’s face. ” asked Dickens. The man said only, “I am gone,” and died, the white eyes continuing to stare up at the sky from their bloody pools.

It was not enough to assuage Dickens’s fury. He cast the mother of his ten children out. He sent Charley, his eldest son, to live with Catherine. He kept the rest of the children to live with him at Tavistock House and eventually at Gad’s Hill Place. ) There was more to this scandal, of course—protests by Catherine’s parents, public retractions of those protests forced by Dickens and his solicitors, bullying and misleading public statements by the author, legal manoeuvrings, much terrible publicity, and a final and irrevocable legal separation forced on his wife.

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