One day in 1821, when Dickens was 9, he and his father took a walk through Kent. On Gravesend Road they passed a house called Gad's Hill Place. Young Charles was very impressed. Thirty-five years later Dickens bought the house that so impressed him as a child.
This work of historical fiction begins with the Staplehurst railway accident. Dickens had a brush with death on that day. Dan Simmons paints a horrific picture of the accident. Then he adds a little something to the mix. That something is named Drood.
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