‘The tortured Silas Quinn is one of the most memorable detectives in fiction. Historical crime fiction doesn’t get much darker than this.’

Andrew Taylor, Diamond Dagger winner and No. 1 bestselling author



About the Author

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

Painting by Gary Smith

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.