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

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 28, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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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User Review  - Pat_F. - LibraryThing

Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Inspector Lestrade, and a motley crew of associates investigate the Jack the Ripper murders. Impeccable research into the crimes, affectionate and knowing portrayals of ... Read full review

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User Review  - pratalife - LibraryThing

Classic Holmes and Watson, faithfully reimagined by Faye, who sets the famous sleuth on the trail of true crime in Victorian London. I haven't enjoyed a period crime mystery so much since Anne Perry's Monk novels. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
3
Two Crimes
17
The Evidence
27
Miss Mary Ann Monk
38
the horror of hanbury street
49
We procure an Ally
60
A Letter to the Boss
69
A Whitechapel Rendezvous
79
A Man in a Uniform
162
Trophies
169
What Stephen Dunlevy Had to Tell
179
The Thread
193
A Narrow Escape
202
The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes
214
The Fleet Street Enterprise
223
The Eastend Division
233

In Pursuit of the Killer
86
The Double event
95
The Destruction of the clue
105
Mitre square
114
Dark Writings
124
Miss Monk Investigates
130
Lestrade Questions a Suspect
139
The London Monster
148
The Problem of Whitechapel
155
Bonfire Night
244
The Lie
253
The Killer
264
A Hunting Party
277
The Case and the Heart
286
The Gift
300
With the Respects of the Yard
312
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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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