After the praises heaped upon this book, there is really nothing new that I can say. If you like Sherlock Holmes, this is the book for you. The vocabulary, the atmosphere, the suspense, the psychology, the inner workings of the detective's mind and the endearing naivety of Watson are all there. I truly believe that Lindsay Faye is THE heir to Conan Doyle! The story is based on real events, the horrific murders by Jack the Ripper, and the final explanation provided by the writer is plausible - although, of course, impossible to verify. I could not put the book down and gave up several hours of much needed sleep because I could not deny myself "just one more chapter." The book is suitable for adult readers, in my opinion, because there are some slightly graphic descriptions of the mutilations inflicted upon the victims. But on the other hand everybody can google Jack the Ripper and find out about his perversions. Enough said! If you like thriller and mystery books, Sherlock Holmes and Victorian London, you are in for a treat.
Very much in the Holmesian tradition. If you like revisionist takes on history (Jack the Ripper) and are always fascinated by Sherlock Holmes remakes then this is for you. It features a more likeable and intelligent Watson than King's, but Holmes is his "typical" self!
Suspence, Shock, Sorrow.... this book has it all! I may still be a bit too young for this book but it rocks!
This is a first novel, and it's spot on! Has the language, and the atmosphere of Conan Doyle, with a thriller of a plot! Excellent!
Sherlock Holmes is the Victorian era?s most famous detective; author Lyndsey Faye could not resist pairing him with the era?s most famous criminal, Jack the Ripper, in her novel Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson.
Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper
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