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Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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“A groundbreaking revisitation of one of history’s most notorious and hotly debated unsolved mysteries. Patricia Cornwell’s knowledge of criminology and forensics is near unrivaled, and her passionate and informed narration—told with unwavering conviction—may just tip the scales of justice once and for all.” —Criminal Element
“A highly readable exposé of perhaps the world’s most famously chilling case of serial murder; the vain efforts of the police to solve the crimes; and the compelling revelations [Patricia’s] exhaustive research has unearthed.” —The Huffington Post
About the Author
Patricia Cornwell was born in Florida and raised in North Carolina. She sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. Postmortem was her first bona fide forensic thriller, and it would go on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du roman d’aventures. Since then, she’s authored twenty-nine New York Times bestsellers and won the Sherlock Award, the Gold Dagger Award, the RBA Thriller Award and the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contributions to literary and artistic development.
To date, Cornwell’s books have sold over 100 million copies in 36 languages in over 120 countries. She now lives in Boston, where she tirelessly researches advanced forensic techniques to include in her work.
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I have read numerous other books about the Ripper murders over a long lifetime, more than a few of which claimed to identify the "real" Jack; some of them actually made compelling arguments for THEIR (varied and different) candidates. Rather recently, Russell Edwards in NAMING JACK THE RIPPER used forensic DNA evidence to support HIS candidate; I distrust his overall methodology but tend to be more inclined to believe his choice of perpetrator (someone frequently identified in the past by others as well). But being "more inclined" doesn't mean I am in any way fully convinced.
Cornwell's book, while it was fascinating to read, also left me unconvinced. Of course, YOU might decide otherwise, so give the book a try and make up your own mind. After all, it IS well-written, and whether she's right or wrong, or whether you agree with her or not, it's still an intriguing case to read about, ponder, and discuss. In so doing, however, you may also choose to read a more encyclopedic work (such as THE COMPLETE JACK THE RIPPER by Donald Rumbelow), one that provides objective, impartial information about ALL the possible Ripper suspects; you may be surprised at how your initial predilection for any one candidate (whether Sickert or someone else) might, ultimately, be swayed by examining other strong contenders.
ADDENDUM: If you are concerned about whether or not this book is worth purchasing in light of Cornwell's previous ones on the very same subject, remember this: If you purchase this as an ebook from the Kindle Store and read it within 7 days, and WITHIN THAT 7-DAY PERIOD decide it is not to your liking FOR ANY REASON, simply call Amazon customer support at 1-866-321-8851 (toll free) to return/remove it for a FULL REFUND. That way you cannot consider yourself gypped if you decide this was a less-than-honest effort to merely sell another book. I do, however, think you will be pleased enough by this book to keep it.
I found it interesting too that the odd things happening to the author and her "team" throughout the research and writing quite supernatural. Yes the author simply stated the facts of the numerous occurrences and did not speculate into possible supernatural sources.
The insights gain my vote as to the real Jack the Ripper was.
Very enjoyable read, taking readers back to the time period and then bringing in modern forensics to present her theory.
Okay, I love, love, love everything Patricia Cornwell has ever written. Don't go into this book thinking you will get another fast reading Scarpetta- type novel. This is a research- based, extremely detailed account. While Cornwell makes the information a very smooth read, it is very dense. It took me at least twice the time to read as my usual books, but it was well worth it. Any who have interest in true crime, and especially in the resolution of cold cases, this is a book for you. Thank you Ms. Cornwell, for all of your hard work and dedication. The truth may hurt some, but in the investigation of death, especially murder, there is no place for hiding the facts. My favorite quote of the whole book: "manners and murder don't belong in the same conversation". Bravo!!