The White Feather Killer

London, 1914. The declaration of war with Germany has made the capital a dark, uncertain place, rife with fear and suspicion. As the pressure to enlist grows stronger, one young man receives a dreaded white feather – the ultimate sign of cowardice. The following day, a body is discovered in Wormwood Scrubs, a white feather placed in its mouth…

[A] flawed hero, disturbing undertones, a gripping plot, realistic period ambience, taut suspense, and exceptional writing.



About the Author

R. N. Morris is the author of eleven novels.

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The latest is The White Feather Killer, the fifth book in the Silas Quinn series of historical crime novels. Before that came  PSYCHOTOPIA, a standalone dystopian novel.

A Gentle Axe was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award (as the CWA Gold Dagger was briefly known). A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger.

The Silas Quinn novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin House, The Dark PalaceThe Red Hand of Fury and The White Feather Killer.

Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris.

He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes.