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The Passion of the Ripper

By Nicholas Nicastro

In the chilly summer of 1888, the city of London is introduced to an innovation in evil.

A brutal series of murders of London’s most vulnerable women casts the city into a frenzy of fear and suspicion, pushing it to the brink of ethnic strife not seen in centuries. Jack the Ripper has arrived.

This is a different kind of Ripper story; not just a whodunit, but an unflinching exploration of the killer, his city, and his times. It tells this well-known mystery from the inside out, from the points of view of the police, his final victim, and the man who – years later – became the prime suspect. For Jack’s career didn’t end with the horrific murder of Mary Jane Kelly.

When Scotland Yard begins to find traces of Jack’s handiwork in a string of seemingly unrelated killings, will the world’s most notorious serial killer be caught at last?

With something wicked lurking around every corner, The Passion of the Ripper is a devilishly dark thriller, perfect for Ripperologists and mystery fans alike.

Nicholas Nicastro was born in Astoria, New York in 1963. He has a B.A. in English from Cornell, an M.F.A. in film-making from New York University, an M.A. in archaeology and a Ph.D in psychology from Cornell. His writings include short fiction, travel and science articles. Among his published novels are The Isle of Stone: A Novel of Ancient Sparta, Ella Maud and Empire of Ashes.

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