A year after Jack the Ripper claimed his last victim, Victorian London is in the grip of a wave of crime and murder, with its citizens no longer able to trust the police to protect them. The newly formed Murder Squad of Scotland Yard, made up of just twelve detectives, battles in vain against the tide of violence and cruelty. When the body of a ...
A year after Jack the Ripper claimed his last victim, Victorian London is in the grip of a wave of crime and murder, with its citizens no longer able to trust the police to protect them. The newly formed Murder Squad of Scotland Yard, made up of just twelve detectives, battles in vain against the tide of violence and cruelty. When the body of a Yard detective is found in a suitcase, his lips sewn together and his eyes sewn shut, it becomes clear that not even the police are safe from attack. Has the Ripper returned - or is a new killer at large? Walter Day, the squad's newest recruit, is assigned the case and finds a strange ally in the Yard's first forensic pathologist, Dr Bernard Kingsley. Kingsley, a pioneer of groundbreaking forensic science, is convinced that strange new techniques such as finger printing are the key to finding the person responsible. With Kingsley's help, will Day find the murderer before it's too late? Or are the police once again helpless to stop a serial killer whose brutality knows no limits?
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I love the Victorian Era, and Scotland Yard, and detective stories. I love seeing the good guys portrayed as intelligent, insightful, and even lucky at times when luck is needed. All of this is wrapped in this novel about the early days of Scotland Yard, a time without the internet, cell phones. and other modern conveniences. It shows the characters, the detectives, their families and friends, and how it all intertwines to make them into beloved friends who you end up rooting for in the end. They aren't perfect, just like real life, but those imperfections make them so much more real. I loved this book, and only picked it up at HPB on a whim. It was my lucky day.
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