What Alice Knew by Marantz Cohen, Paula
A Most Curious Tale of Henry James and Jack the Ripper

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"A marvelously rich and intelligent read, atmospheric, witty, irreverent, and not least a sharply perceptive portrait of those three extraordinary Jameses."

-John Banville, author of The Infinities

Under Certain Circumstances, No One Is More Suited to Solving a Crime than a Woman Confined to Her Bed

An invalid for most her life, Alice James is quite used to people underestimating her. And she generally doesn't mind. But this time she is not about to let things alone. Yes, her brother Henry may be a famous author, and her other brother William a rising star in the new field of psychology. But when they all find themselves quite unusually involved in the chase for a most vile new murderer-one who goes by the chilling name of Jack the Ripper-Alice is certain of two things:

No one could be more suited to gather evidence about the nature of the killer than her brothers. But if anyone is going to correctly examine the evidence and solve the case, it will have to be up to her.

Praise for Paula Marantz Cohen

"Cohen's wit is sharp, smart, and satirical, and her characterizations are vividly on target."

-San Francisco Chronicle


About Marantz Cohen, Paula

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Paula Marantz Cohen is Distinguished Professor of English at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is the author of Jane Austen in Boca, Jane Austen in Scarsdale, and Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan, and four scholarly works of nonfiction. She lives in Moorestown, New Jersey, with her husband and two children.
Published September 1, 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 349 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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and their sister, Alice, against Jack the Ripper in another fictional depiction of the Ripper case.

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New York Journal of Books

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She executes this novel with such exceptional finesse that even the author Henry James would be envious.Author Cohen provides a rare glimpse into the foppish world of upper-middle class London populated with the likes of Oscar Wilde, Edmund Gosse, George du Maurier, John Singer Sargent, and yes, ...

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Open Letters Monthly

Paula Marantz Cohen has had the inspired idea to turn America’s second-most famous James gang—novelist Henry, proto-psychologist William, and lifelong invalid Alice—into a crime-solving trio, and since you’d have to go a long way to find a group with greater brain-wattage, she’s given them the gr...

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BY: Robert Zaller 09.10.2011 The James siblings— Henry, William, Alice— pursue Jack the Ripper through late Victorian London in a witty intellectual thriller that offers som...

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