Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper

Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye (Simon & Schuster, 2009, 336pp.)

Sherlock Holmes, private detective and genius, has just run into his toughest case yet. The year is 1888. A brutal killer runs amok in the impoverished East End of London, attacking prostitutes and leaving a trail of mutilated bodies in his wake. Sadistic and cruel, he is unlike any murderer Holmes or Scotland Yard has yet faced. He sends cryptic letters and maddening clues to taunt them. He even sends them a piece of a victim’s kidney through the mail. Police incompetence and the vicious media circus begin to take its toll. Could the Ripper be the one crook Holmes can’t catch? Faye breathes new life into Doyle’s great detective, not only making him as wily as ever, but bringing out an infallible human side as well. This intriguing thriller that offers a fresh twist on the notorious Ripper murders is simply a must for Holmes fans or amateur Ripperologists.

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