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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Patricia Cornwell's novels are set in The USA and an American narrator adds to the ambience. This book is set in the U.K. so an English narrator would be better. The narrator should have taken more trouble to check pronunciation of place names.
The book doesn't follow a clear path - it's not chronological and so it has a tendency to repeat material already covered. There is a lack of information about Walter Sickert's later life, which left me wondering about when and why he retired as a serial killer.
The speculation about the precise nature of Walter's early surgery and any subsequent physical effects seems laboured, unnecessary, and in poor taste, given the total lack of information.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Possibly organise the material more like a case for the prosecution.
Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Stuart Masterson’s performances?
Of a subject set in the USA, perhaps.
Do you think Ripper needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, unless radical new information becomes available.
Any additional comments?
The author appears to have prejudged the previous books on the subject as not worthy of consideration. That being so, she can hardly complain that 'Ripperologists' have similarly prejudged her work.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you have read the first book don't waste your credit, think twice if you haven't,
Patricia Cornwall brings a reasonable argument for sickert being the author of the ripper letters but not the. Identity of the ripper himself , as John Douglas ( the founding head of the fbi behavioral science unit whom Benton Wesley , Jack Crawford and criminal minds Gideon is based on) asserts it is unlikely that a compulsive killer would quit and go back to a normal life , more likely he (the overwhelming majority are male) is apprehended and institutionalised , dies or moves on to new pastures , neither Sickert or Bruce Robinson's Maybrick Do this after the final murder , more likely that Sickert was the dear boss writer as he would have had plenty of access to the crime scenes/autopsy in the free for all that was east end London at the time.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
I was most disappointed to find that this book is basically just a reprint with a little extra material from Ms. Cornwell's book "Portrait of a killer" which I already own and loved.
Not really happy with this turn of events.
34 of 39 people found this review helpful
This book is not what I expected. Just a long string of facts that the narrator delivers with lack of tone or inflection.
18 of 21 people found this review helpful