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The Dead Crow


The pen shakes unforgivably in my hand as I think back to the moment that I last saw my wife. I had never wanted to see her in such a state, not even in my darkest nightmares. Fate threw up a new design, and that included her murder at the hands of merciless people.


London had been nothing but a curse on my life. The vermin that littered the streets and the smog that filled the air provided harsh reminders that the city was a disgusting, sinful place; where corruption and murder was rife, and men like me struggled to survive.


What followed my wife's death was an air of bloody carnage and regret as I attempted to seek answers, and try to understand why she was murdered. But sometimes things are best left in the past, as hard as it might be.


I tried so hard to create the idyllic future for us both, but the sad truth was that I failed. I failed as a husband and as a man. My grip on her was always slipping, that had now become so clear.


My name is Dr William Blackmore.


This is my story...

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~ A compelling, totally absorbing suspenseful and descriptive book which draws the reader very realistically into all the chararacters' dark and mirky existence.


~ Good use of London as a location and good historical knowledge of the era. I look forward to the next chapter.


~ The Dead Crow kept me captivated. It is a gripping read with lots of plot twists. I like the imagery and the atmosphere created by the streets of Victorian London.


~ A gripping book from start to finish. The writer has done a great job of building a dark, haunting and engaging world. The style of writing reminds me of some of Poe's darker works



©Ben Kalcher 2017