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

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, Apr 28, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages
40 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
15
4 stars
16
3 stars
6
2 stars
3
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

Ms. Faye tackles the two individuals in history everyone wishes could have truly crossed paths; Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes. The tone of this book is true to Sherlock Holmes and Ms. Lindsay ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

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

All 26 reviews »

Other editions - View all

About the author (2009)

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

Bibliographic information