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Fiction - Crime - ISBN: 0399149325

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Not for me

“Rip me baby one more time”

published 05/05/2012

It is readable, I suppose

It’s a farrago of unsupported claims

Jack the Ripper, the most famous serial killer of all time, tends to attract all kinds of weird crank theories. Sometimes these really capture the public imagination, such as the silly Royal/Masonic conspiracy theory of the 1970s, or the forged diary of the early 90s. Patricia Cornwell’s...

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New forensic evidence presented, Compelling readin...

Structure and referencing could be better, Theory ...

I daresay that everyone reading this is familiar with the name Jack the Ripper. You probably are aware of the basics of the case – that a serial killer murdered and mutilated prostitutes in the East End of Victorian London, successfully evading the then fledgling police force in what would become...

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“In search of Jack”

published 01/02/2004

Engrossing, very plausible

We'll never know the real truth

I will start this review my issuing a warning. I will not hold back in descriptions of actual events in what I write here. Some of the actual descriptions may prove to be too much for some people but, in order to deal with the book, I feel it is necessary to deal with historical events. Over the...

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“Jack the Ripper an Artist ?”

published 06/01/2004

Good reading

hard to believe

I must admit that I am not a fan of Patricia Cornwell so in writing this book review I have to remain really objective. Now I am a Ripper fan of sorts if you can call it that and I do read a lot of material on the subject and this book review was one that I had asked Ciao to put on for me. The...

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Good

Good reading, full of historical info

can be a bit over whelming at times!

An avid fan of Patricia Cornwell, I read this book whilst waiting for "Trace" to be released in the UK. I had seen the adverts on TV with Patricia doing all the research herself so I thought it would be a very compelling read. ~PLOT~ In Portrait of a Killer, Patricia Cornwell steps away from her...

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Super

Historical descriptions are colurful and accurate

Not a believable forensic analysis

I have read all of Patricia Corwells novels from an early age so I was fascinated when I picked up this one in a book shop a few years ago, not having heard anything about it in advance it was a shocking relevation to read the back cover. Here the author declared that they could reveal the...

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Thural investigation, well written

Delivers wrong conclusion

Well, the story is known. Someone brutally murdered some prostitutes in East End of Victorian London. All victims were mutilated, but the killer's identity remained a mystery. Crime technology, such as DNA matching, fingerprints etc, existed only in theoretical discussions, so the work of the...

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Excellent

“Here she goes again!”

published 04/09/2007

Easy read, knowledgable background history

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This book turns over a new leaf, for WHO IS JACK THE RIPPER?, Patricria brings to us a whole new light of forensic evidence suggesting another suspect in the unsolved legendary case! Everyone knows the general outline of the story, serial killer on the loose mutilating prostitutes, and also maybe...

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Super

interesting, gripping and persuasive

somewhat repetitive

Having read all of cornwells books and having no interst in jack the ripper whatsoever I don't know why I bought this book! But boy am I glad that I did. The book gives you an amazing insight into victorian london, and it is genuinely interesting to read about. The story of walter sickert (famous...

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Excellent

very clear writing style.

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Having read numerous accounts over the years, and having watched countless film and tv adaptations, i approached this book with some skeptimism. How, after so many years was this author going to convince me that the real jack the ripper was now revealed? Well, i was convinced. The techniques used...

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Satisfactory

published 11/08/2007

i read this book with great enthusiasm but i felt after a few chapters i was forcing myself to get it finished. i found the book a real struggle, and i am no way convinced that who she claims to be the ripper is the ripper. i have read many books, case studies and analysis's of the jack the ripper murders and found this one the most pointless and absurd one to date, i have myself written essays on the riper murders and i find Cornwells writing misleading and many suggestions are pointless and have no relevance in finding the identity of jack the ripper! i was extremely disapointed with the book and Cornwell herself to produce such a bland and pointless book after so many succesful reads,

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