Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

Katie has a quick look at a new take on Jack the Ripper:

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

It’s the end of the 19th century, Theodore Roosevelt is the commissioner of police, and a killer is on the loose in New York City. Carver Young is more concerned with another mystery, though--the search for his father. When a Pinkerton detective arrives at the orphanage with a plan to adopt him and train him in the art of detection, finding his father suddenly seems like a real possibility rather than simply a dream. But Carver soon realizes that the search won’t be easy and what he discovers may be the stuff of nightmares rather than dreams. As clues reveal themselves and the plot unravels, Carver’s quest for his father and the search for the killer haunting New York City begin to overlap in terrifying ways and the question becomes whether Carver is the only one who might be in a position to bring the killer out into the open.

Stefan Petrucha has created a fast-paced, suspenseful novel filled with famous historical faces, steampunk gadgets, and plot twist after plot twist. The chapters are quick and sprinkled with insights into the world of detecting and turn of the century New York. Though Jack the Ripper books are never in short supply, like Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star (see our full review here), this is a welcome addition to the genre.

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