Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

by Lyndsay Faye

Simon & Schuster | December 1, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
From the gritty streets of nineteenth century London, the loyal and courageous Dr. Watson offers a tale unearthed after generations of lore: the harrowing story of Sherlock Holmes’s attempt to hunt down Jack the Ripper.

As England’s greatest specialist in criminal detection, Sherlock Holmes is unwavering in his quest to capture the killer responsible for terrifying London’s East End. He hires an “unfortunate” known as Mary Ann Monk, the friend of a fellow streetwalker who was one of the Ripper’s earliest victims; and he relies heavily on the steadfast and devoted Dr. John H. Watson. When Holmes himself is wounded in Whitechapel during an attempt to catch the savage monster, the popular press launches an investigation of its own, questioning the great detective’s role in the very crimes he is so fervently struggling to prevent. Stripped of his credibility, Holmes is left with no choice but to break every rule in the desperate race to find the madman known as “the Knife” before it is too late.

A masterly re-creation of history’s most diabolical villain, Lyndsay Faye’s debut brings unparalleled authenticity to the atmosphere of Whitechapel and London in the fledgling days of tabloid journalism and recalls the ideals evinced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most beloved and world-renowned characters. Jack the Ripper’s identity, still hotly debated around the world more than a century after his crimes were committed, remains a mystery ripe for speculation. Dust and Shadow explores the terrifying prospect of tracking a serial killer without the advantage of modern forensics, and the result is a lightning-paced novel brimming with historical detail that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: December 1, 2009

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416583319

ISBN - 13: 9781416583318

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh spin on an old tale Fantastic read. Familiar plot and characters, but still seems brand new. Anyone with an interest in anything Sherlock or Jack the Ripper will appreciate this entertaining yarn. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent vision of how Holmes would have solved the Ripper murders! An excellently well written and highly entertaining envisioning of how Sherlock Holmes might have solved the Jack the Ripper murders. I am an afficianado of both the Ripper case, and of Sherlock Holmes, so this was probably a "no brainer" of a book I'd be likely to enjoy. However, despite my pre-disposition to like this story, the author does a wonderful job of combining a fictional detective with the real Jack the Ripper events to create a very exciting and plausible plot that meshes together smoothly and believeably. The author also does a very good job at handling, and voicing Holmes very realistically - well, as realistically as one can with a fictional character! - and if you didn't know better you would certainly assume you are reading Conan Doyle in how Holmes speaks and behaves in this book. Even Holmes traditionalists can enjoy this book, because while the Ripper case was, obviously, not one of Holmes' cases, this story presents it so well, you can put that aside and just enjoy an opportunity to pit one of the world's greatest detectives against one of the world's most perplexing and shocking cases. An excellent read, and highly recommended for those interested in either the Ripper-case or Sherlock Holmes.
Date published: 2011-06-04

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Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

by Lyndsay Faye

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: December 1, 2009

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416583319

ISBN - 13: 9781416583318

About the Book

A tour de force of Holmes and Ripper pastiche, this debut signals the arrival of a tremendous talent in the mystery and historical fiction genres.

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Chapter One Two Crimes It has been argued by those who have so far flattered my attempts to chronicle the life and career of Mr. Sherlock Holmesas to approach them in a scholarly manner that I have often been remiss in the arena of precise chronology. While nodding to kindly meant excuses made for me in regards to hasty handwriting or careless literary agents, I must begin by confessing that my errors, however egregious, were entirely intentional. Holmes' s insistence, not to mention my own natural discretion, often prevented me from maintaining that exactitude so highly prized in a biographer; I have been forced to change the dates of marginal cases to disguise great ones, alter names and circumstances, all the while diligently preserving the core truth of the events, without which there would have been no object in writing anything at all. In this instance, however, any obfuscation would be absurd, as the facts are known not only to the people of London but to the world. I shall therefore set down the entire truth, as it happened to Holmesand to myself, omitting nothing that pertains to the most harrowing series of crimes my illustrious friend and I were ever called upon to solve. The year of 1888 had already proven significant for Mr. Sherlock Holmes, for it was in that twelvemonth that he performed valuable services for one of the reigning houses of Europe and continued forestalling the activities of Professor James Moriarty, whose hold over London's underworld
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From the gritty streets of nineteenth century London, the loyal and courageous Dr. Watson offers a tale unearthed after generations of lore: the harrowing story of Sherlock Holmes’s attempt to hunt down Jack the Ripper.

As England’s greatest specialist in criminal detection, Sherlock Holmes is unwavering in his quest to capture the killer responsible for terrifying London’s East End. He hires an “unfortunate” known as Mary Ann Monk, the friend of a fellow streetwalker who was one of the Ripper’s earliest victims; and he relies heavily on the steadfast and devoted Dr. John H. Watson. When Holmes himself is wounded in Whitechapel during an attempt to catch the savage monster, the popular press launches an investigation of its own, questioning the great detective’s role in the very crimes he is so fervently struggling to prevent. Stripped of his credibility, Holmes is left with no choice but to break every rule in the desperate race to find the madman known as “the Knife” before it is too late.

A masterly re-creation of history’s most diabolical villain, Lyndsay Faye’s debut brings unparalleled authenticity to the atmosphere of Whitechapel and London in the fledgling days of tabloid journalism and recalls the ideals evinced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most beloved and world-renowned characters. Jack the Ripper’s identity, still hotly debated around the world more than a century after his crimes were committed, remains a mystery ripe for speculation. Dust and Shadow explores the terrifying prospect of tracking a serial killer without the advantage of modern forensics, and the result is a lightning-paced novel brimming with historical detail that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Editorial Reviews

"Any fan of Sherlock Holmes has at some point wished Conan Doyle had set the brilliant detective's singular mind against his most notorious real-life contemporary, Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye finally makes that wish a reality. Dust and Shadow reads with authenticity and flavor -- as if Faye had been alongside Holmes and Watson witnessing their greatest challenge -- giving us a novel that Holmes fans, Ripper-case aficionados and all lovers of great stories will relish." -- Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and The Last Dickens