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

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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.

About Lyndsay Faye

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LYNDSAY FAYE is the author of the critically acclaimed Dust and Shadow, and is featured in The Best American Mystery Stories 2010. Faye, a true New Yorker in the sense that she was born elsewhere, lives in Manhattan with her husband, Gabriel.
Published April 11, 2009 by Simon & Schuster. 338 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Bizarre twists follow: Holmes disappears for a while and, after he is gravely wounded during an encounter with the Ripper, the killer goes on hiatus, leading an investigative journalist named Dunlevy to speculate that Holmes himself might be the killer.

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Jack the Ripper is quite possibly the greatest "unsolved" mystery of all time-and author Lyndsay Faye decided to write this suspenseful tale about what might have happened if Sherlock Holmes had been on the case.

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Historical Novel Society

If Sherlock Holmes had been real rather than just a work of fiction, his expertise would have most certainly been requested to solve a case that baffled and embarrassed the denizens of Scotland Yard—the case of Jack the Ripper.

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Persephone Magazine

As weeks pass and as the crimes escalate, it becomes apparent that the murderer has some sort of strange personal vendetta against Holmes and has even gone so far as to implicate Holmes in the crimes while the consulting detective roams the East End trying to track the Ripper down.

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