A New York Times Bestselling AuthorThe year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Into the crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Based on actual attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria, this brilliant merger of historical fact with fiction brings a bloody chapter of Victorian England to vivid, pulse-pounding life.