Mayhem by Sarah PinboroughMayhem by Sarah Pinborough

Mayhem

bySarah Pinborough

Paperback | January 6, 2015

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"a new supernatural-whodunit-polyphonic thriller for those not of the faint of heart" --Fort Worth Telegram
"Pinborough's fiction moves at a breakneck pace. Once you start, you can't stop." --Sarah Langan, author ofThe KeeperandThe Missing
Already frustrated in their attempts to capture serial murderer Jack the Ripper, the detectives of Scotland Yard are suddenly confronted with a new monster, dubbed the Torso Killer for his habit of leaving behind neatly wrapped parcels of his victims' body parts, minus the heads.
With the terrible increase in mutilated corpses to examine, the highly regarded police surgeon Dr. Thomas Bond has lost the ability to sleep. True, a growing dependency on opium affords him some solace in his loneliest and most desperate hours, but he also fears the grip of the drug.

During Dr. Bond's nightly tours of London's underbelly in search of pharmaceutical respite from the horrors that plague him by day, he encounters a mysterious Jesuit priest scouring the opium dens himself, clearly in search of someone--or something. The doctor at first rejects the strange priest's unnatural theories about the Torso Killer as an affront to scientific thought. But over time Dr. Bond's opium-addled mind begins to crumble under the growing impression that there might be some awful truth to the Jesuit's ideas.

As the police struggle to capture two serial killers, the troubled forensics expert begins to suspect that he may actually know the Torso Killer personally. If he is right, Dr. Bond will need all the strength he can muster to save his small circle of loved ones from falling victim to the bloody depravities of this twisted creature.

Sarah Pinboroughis a critically acclaimed horror, thriller and young adult author. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies. Her novelThe Hiddenis currently in development as the movieCracked, and she has another original screenplay under option. She has written for New Tricks on the BBC and has a three-part TV series in ...
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Title:MayhemFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:QuercusLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1623658764

ISBN - 13:9781623658762

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent read I am not a fan of thrillers but this author was reccomended by a student. I found I couldn't put the book down and as a "fan" of the Jack the Ripper history, I was surprised to learn the historical accuracy of parts of this book.
Date published: 2015-01-18

Editorial Reviews

"Mayhem is a disturbingly engrossing Victorian horror with a standout, menacing villain. Never have I known a smile to be so sinister and rancid, but Pinborough's prose prove the gesture to be something terrifyingly palpable. This genre-defying novel is a ravenous read and will have you as insatiable as the malicious mischief-maker that awaits you in its pages."-BookPage