Drood by Dan Simmons [FIRST EDITION • FIRST PRINTING] 2009
Drood by Dan Simmons
FIRST EDITION / FIRST PRINTING  LITTLE BROWN & COMPANY
Hardcover with dust jacket in very good condition.
Dust jacket is very good; a few blemished spots and a sticker on rear [non-removable without damage] housed in protective mylar jacket.
Book itself is mint; light tanning to pages.
Drood… is the name and nightmare that obsesses Charles Dickens for the last five years of his life.
On June 9, 1865, Dickens and his mistress are secretly returning to London, when their express train hurtles over a gap in a trestle. All of the first-class carriages except the one carrying Dickens are smashed to bits in the valley below. When Dickens descends into that valley to confront the dead and dying, his life will be changed forever. And at the core of that ensuing five-year nightmare is…
Drood… the name that Dickens whispers to his friend Wilkie Collins. A laudanum addict and lesser novelist, Collins flouts Victorian sensibilities by living with one mistress while having a child with another, but he may be the only man on Earth with whom Dickens can share the secret of…
Drood. Increasingly obsessed with crypts, cemeteries, and the precise length of time it would take for a corpse to dissolve in a lime pit, Dickens ceases writing for four years and wanders the worst slums and catacombs of London at night while staging public readings during the day, gruesome readings that leave his audiences horrified. Finally he begins writing what would have been the world’s first great mystery masterpiece, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, only to be interrupted forever by… Drood.