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Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

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ISBN13: 9781416583301
ISBN10: 1416583300
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From the gritty streets of nineteenth century London, the loyal and courageous Dr. Watson offers a tale unearthed after generations of lore: the harrowing story of Sherlock Holmes's attempt to hunt down Jack the Ripper.

As England's greatest specialist in criminal detection, Sherlock Holmes is unwavering in his quest to capture the killer responsible for terrifying London's East End. He hires an "unfortunate" known as Mary Ann Monk, the friend of a fellow streetwalker who was one of the Ripper's earliest victims; and he relies heavily on the steadfast and devoted Dr. John H. Watson. When Holmes himself is wounded in Whitechapel during an attempt to catch the savage monster, the popular press launches an investigation of its own, questioning the great detective's role in the very crimes he is so fervently struggling to prevent. Stripped of his credibility, Holmes is left with no choice but to break every rule in the desperate race to find the madman known as "the Knife" before it is too late.

A masterly re-creation of history's most diabolical villain, Lyndsay Faye's debut brings unparalleled authenticity to the atmosphere of Whitechapel and London in the fledgling days of tabloid journalism and recalls the ideals evinced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most beloved and world-renowned characters. Jack the Ripper's identity, still hotly debated around the world more than a century after his crimes were committed, remains a mystery ripe for speculation. Dust and Shadow explores the terrifying prospect of tracking a serial killer without the advantage of modern forensics, and the result is a lightning-paced novel brimming with historical detail that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Breathlessly delivered and painstakingly researched, "Dust and Shadow" gives readers a distinctive vintage-style mystery, pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper in a vividly detailed 19th-century London.

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Lyndsay Faye is a writer and actress who lives in New York with her husband and cat. 

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katknit, June 4, 2009 (view all comments by katknit)
New novelist Lyndsay Faye has done what few have managed before. She has resurrected Sherlock Holmes and company. Faye succeeds admirably in creating the ambience of the original novels, and by pitting Holmes against Jack the Ripper, presents him with a challenge worthy of his talents. The world’s greatest detective emerges true to form, with arrogance and foibles intact. Dr. Watson, dear as ever, remains at his side, but in this tale, he takes a more active role than was his wont. The usual lovely woman, in this case a fallen but by no means helpless one, assists with some hitherto hidden investigative skills, and may just find a life off Whitechapel’s streets. And off course Lestrade and Mycroft have their days under this new sun.
Faye has also created a theory about what might have happened to Jack, who in real life seems to just have up and vanished. And Faye’s scenario is more than elementary, it’s plausible. Dust and Shadow is a genuine page turner, rich in foggy Victorian atmosphere and a delight in which to lose yourself for a few suspense filled hours.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416583301
Subtitle:
An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Faye, Lyndsay
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Holmes, Sherlock (Fictitious character)
Publication Date:
20090428
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , Breathlessly delivered and painstakingly researched, "Dust and Shadow" gives readers a distinctive vintage-style mystery, pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper in a vividly detailed 19th-century London.
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