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Book Trailer: The Devil’s Workshop by Alex Grecian


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Synopsis: Alex Grecian's novel The Devil's Workshop follows Scotland Yard Murder Squad detectives Walter Day and Constable Nevil Hammersmith as they track down five escaped convicts set loose by the Karstphanomen, a secret society bent on punishing criminals based on their crimes. To Day's horror, he learns the Karstphanomen have caught Jack the Ripper, but the infamous serial killer is now on the loose again. The book trailer features these details.
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Scary music and graphics that are perfectly suited to the book's dark tone.


One small detail is incorrect: Jack the Ripper looks like he is breaking free of his chains, when in fact he is rescued by another murderer.

Posted August 11, 2014 by

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Devils Workshop

Recently I reviewed Alex Grecian‘s new novel The Devil’s Workshop. The book is the third installment in Grecian’s Scotland Yard Murder Squad series. The book trailer was released from Putnam Books about three months ago. Like the novel, the trailer is full of fast-paced action and suspense.

The book trailer has a lot going for it. First, the music is eerie and slightly abrasive in tone. The music picks up speed quickly only a few seconds in; this choice perfectly matches the pace of the book. In the section where Jack the Ripper is revealed, a deep bass line resonates and darkens the mood perceptively.

The old-fashioned map of London is also right on target, for the main characters, Day and Hammersmith, track the criminals throughout London, and the novel is set in Victorian England. That the path being traced on the map turns into a chalk outline of a body is simply brilliant because several characters meet untimely deaths over the course of the work.

The cartoon-like graphics are also haunting and appropriate to the work’s plot. The faceless men are well chosen to represent the Karstphanomen, the secret society that holds Jack the Ripper captive and punishes him in the same way he tortured his victims.

The only caveat is that one small detail that is wrong. Jack the Ripper appears to be breaking his bonds under his own power. In fact, another murderer stumbles upon the Ripper and sets him free. Other than this minor issue, the trailer is dead on in accuracy in relation to the work.

A great trailer!

Mollie Smith Waters

Mollie Smith Waters teaches American literature, theater, and speech at a small community college in rural Alabama. Her hobbies include reading, writing, traveling, and walking.

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    Rachel Storey

    I love secret societies, and Jack the Ripper stuff. This sounds like a great read!!

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