What if everything you've ever heard about Jack the Ripper is wrong ...
A young woman is brutally murdered in Washington D.C., and the killer leaves behind a calling card connected to some of the most infamous murders in history.
Jack the Ripper
Rookie homicide investigator Erin Prince instinctively knows the moment she sees the mutilated body that it's only a matter of time before someone else dies.
She and her partner, Todd Beckett, are on the trail of a madman, and a third body sends them in the direction they feared most: a serial killer is walking the streets of D.C.
The clock is ticking.
Erin must push past her mounting self-doubt in order to unravel a web of secrets filled with drugs, pornography, and a decades old family skeleton before the next victim is sacrificed.
The only way to stop a killer is to beat them at their own game.
Erin Prince, the heroine of this so-so series launch from Green (the Lucy Kendall series), is an unlikely Washington, D.C., police investigator, whose father, a wealthy and influential defense contractor, counts the three most recent Republican presidents as personal friends. Erin rebelled against her privileged upbringing by marrying a man who "turned out to be a kleptomaniac with a juvenile record." She's now faced with her greatest challenge as a cop. Someone has slaughtered Bonnie Archer, a student at an adult-learning center, in a manner reminiscent of the Whitechapel murders of Jack the Ripper. In the attic room where Bonnie's mangled body lies, the killer gouged "Buck's Row" in blood-stained letters into a beam. Buck's Row was the site of the Ripper's first killing. The discovery of a document purporting to be the Ripper's diary provides another link to the historic unsolved crimes, but Green adds nothing new to the Jack the Ripper copycat idea. Odd phrasing ("Sudden tears broiled in Erin's eyes") is another minus.