“[A] dark, bloody triumph...convincingly mad, alternatively even-tempered, hallucinatory and cackling...the book’s characters are great, its race to capture the murder is beautifully tense, and it has one of the best twists I can remember in any recent historical thriller.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Absolutely riveting....Authentic in tone, well researched, and darkly atmospheric of Victorian London, this historical thriller combines the quiet plausibility of the psychopath in Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon (1981) with the menacing tone of Kenneth Cameron’s The Frightened Man (2009).” —Booklist
The electrifying new thriller from New York Times bestseller Stephen Hunter takes you deep inside the mind of the most notorious serial killer of all time: Jack the Ripper.
Set in London in the fall of 1888, Hunter's intriguing standalone provides fresh insights into the Jack the Ripper case through three different, though not always coherent, perspectives. An opportunistic reporter, who refers to himself as Jeb, gets a break when he's promoted from being a substitute music critic to being the lead journalist on the Ripper killings. Interspersed with Jeb's narrative are extracts from the killer's diary, whose mannered language ("Truly, no creature can understand its own obliteration") requires a hefty suspension of disbelief. The third voice is that of a prostitute, who describes the atmosphere in the East End in unsent letters written to her estranged mother. For the most part, Hunter (Dirty White Boys) sticks closely to the historical record. The eventual revelation of the serial butcher's identity may stretch credulity, but details such as the ingenious speculations about the graffiti message that the murderer left on the night he slaughtered two prostitutes are sure to fascinate Ripperologists.
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I don't even like reading but I loved this book, it takes a bit to keep up with in terms of switching between rippers diary and the journalists though
Fascinating read! Big fan of Earl & Bob Lee but this novel is brilliantly different and is quite an opus. Great woven references to Lecter and old songs. Needs a second read to pick up all of the tapestry. Kudos.
Mr. Hunter Does It Again.
Having read all of Mr. Hunter's books, I was not surprised. I was stricken by his genius.
As in "The Third Bullet" he has taken a true crime story,which has been studied, researched and speculated upon, and, not only, giving a totally accurate and logical twist, but making it completely engrossing.
I was initially put off a bit by the semi-florrid language, but once I got used to it, I moved right along. His descriptions of London neighborhoods and the people populating them, seemed to have come from someone who lived those times and walked those streets. I could almost smell the coal smoke and and horse dung.
Mr. Hunter has always been an extremely good author. He has gotten better and more valuable with age. Like good whiskey.