Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning
debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper.
Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan
Doyle's distinctive nineteenth-century London.
In Dust and Shadow, Sherlock Holmes hunts down Jack the
Ripper-the world's first serial killer-with impeccably accurate
historical detail and without the advantage of modern forensics or
profiling. Sherlock's desire to stop the killer who is terrifying
the East End of London is unwavering from the start, and in an
effort to do so he hires an "unfortunate" known as Mary Ann Monk,
the friend of a fellow streetwalker who was one of the Ripper's
earliest victims. However, when Holmes himself is wounded in
Whitechapel attempting to catch the villain, and a series of
articles in the popular press question his role in the crimes, he
must use all his resources in a desperate race to find the man
known as "The Knife" before it is too late.
Penned as a pastiche by the loyal and courageous Dr. Watson,
this debut signals the arrival of a tremendous talent in the
mystery and historical fiction genres.