The Devil's Workshop

The Devil's Workshop

A Novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad

Book - 2014
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"London, 1890. Four vicious murderers have escaped from prison, part of a plan gone terribly wrong, and now it is up to Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, and the rest of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad to hunt down the convicts before the men can resume their bloody spree. But they might already be too late. The killers have retribution in mind, and one of them is heading straight toward a member of the Murder Squad, and his family"--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2014
Branch Call Number: FICTION GRE
Characteristics: 386 p. ; 24 cm


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Oct 28, 2017

I would give this a 10 out of 10 if I could. Fantastic story. The men on the murder squad are a noble group of detectives facing the difficult task of rounding up a pack of psychopaths. I was not fond of the italicized chapters featuring one of them. I wish there was more on the characters of the secret society. The story was gripping, a noose that tightens as the story progresses. Highly recommended!

I wouldn't characterize the story as ultra violent. But the tension is there and there are certainly moments of bloody horror.

forbesrachel Dec 27, 2014

Grecian steps up to the next level with the Devil's Workshop! Jack's unheralded return drives fear into those whom discover him. For a year, he was kept locked away, suffering the wounds of his victims over and over, but no more...and he has plans. All of Scotland Yard has their hands full tracking down Bridewell Prison's missing convicts. Beneath this "escape" lies a much larger scheme, and it is up to Day, Hammersmith, and the retired March to discover it. The gripping third novel in the Murder Squad series sees the police tested to their limits, especially in the case of Day whose pregnant wife is once again threatened. Jack himself is a thrilling antagonist whose intelligence, and almost religious zeal for murder makes him the Murder Squad's toughest opponent yet. With the repercussions of these events fresh in our minds, anticipation for the next novel is very high.

JCLHilaryS Oct 16, 2014

The Devil's Workshop is the third in Grecian's Murder Squad series. Inspector Walter Day, and his partner, Nevil Hammersmith are joined by Day's former mentor, retired detective inspector Adrian March. After a train derails and sets loose convicted murderers on the London streets, these three inspectors must investigate the accident and prison, trying to determine just how many former prisoners are now on the loose. One of these escapees is the former police tailor, turned murderer, Cinderhouse, which Hammersmith and Day captured in The Black Country. Unsure whether they are looking for 4 or 5 men, things are further thrown off-course when Day finds that March has joined a secret society that believes in inflicting their own brand of justice on convicted criminals. While searching for Cinderhouse, March introduces Day to the idea of joining their club, and taking his turns torturing London's most notorious killer, Jack the Ripper. Believed to have escaped capture, we find the society has indeed captured him and has been keeping him prisoner and subjected to torture for a year. Unfortunately, Jack has escaped yet again, and has teamed up with Cinderhouse, and is now targeting Day's pregnant wife.

As with the first two, this story is thrilling and Grecian does an excellent job working in Victorian history. This story is certainly gruesome and contains a fair amount of violence, and while I didn't find it too graphic, it will be disturbing to some

hgeng63 Jun 14, 2014

Entertaining, but the plot could have been tightened up. Beware the ultraviolence!

shrummer May 28, 2014

This is the third book in the series. Loved the first 2 but this was his best so far. First book is The Yard. Try it.

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