Dust and Shadow

Dust and Shadow

An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

Book - 2009
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In Dust and Shadow Sherlock Holmes hunts down Jack the Ripper with impeccably accurate historical detail, rooting the Whitechapel investigation in the fledgling days of tabloid journalism and clinical psychology. This astonishing debut explores the terrifying prospect of hunting down one of the world's first serial killers without the advantage of modern forensics or profiling. Sherlock's desire to stop the killer who is terrifying the East End of London is unwavering from the start, and in an effort to do so he hires an "unfortuate" known as Mary Ann Monk, the friend of a fellow streetwalker who was one of the Ripper's earliest victims. However, when Holmes himself is wounded in Whitechapel attempting to catch the villain, and a series of articles in the popular press question his role in the crimes, he must use all his resources in a desperate race to find the man known as "The Knife" before it is too late. Penned as a pastiche by the loyal and courageous Dr. Watson, Dust and Shadow recalls the ideals evinced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most beloved and world-renowned characters, while testing the limits of their strength in a fight to protect the women of London, Scotland Yard, and the peace of the city itself.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
ISBN: 9781416583301
Characteristics: 325 pages ;,25 cm.


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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Apr 22, 2020

What if Sherlock Homes got a crack at solving the Jack the Ripper case? Really well done.

It is the late 19th century in the Eastern End of London, and a dangerous serial killer is on the loose. With little time before the killer takes another life, it is up to the infamous duo, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, to figure out the true identity of the killer that would soon become notorious: Jack the Ripper. But without the advantage of forensics, video surveillance, and only grotesque crime scenes and unreliable witness testimonies at hand, how will they be able to navigate the dark and horrific criminal underbelly of London before they lose the Ripper’s trail for good?
When I first picked up this book, I wasn’t sure that the dynamic between Holmes and Watson would be preserved, much less the atmosphere of Conan Doyle’s mysteries. Needless to say, this book could not have proved me to be more wrong. Faye creates a vivid, thrilling, and absolutely irresistible world, with a perfect blend of suspense, character development, and action that kept me glued to the pages. This book left me satisfied and wanting more all at the same time, and I would highly recommend this story to anyone that likes mysteries, especially fans of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
-Ciella, Cedar Mill Teen Council

Sep 22, 2017

After the praises heaped upon this book, there is really nothing new that I can say. If you like Sherlock Holmes, this is the book for you. The vocabulary, the atmosphere, the suspense, the psychology, the inner workings of the detective's mind and the endearing naivety of Watson are all there. I truly believe that Lindsay Faye is THE heir to Conan Doyle! The story is based on real events, the horrific murders by Jack the Ripper, and the final explanation provided by the writer is plausible - although, of course, impossible to verify. I could not put the book down and gave up several hours of much needed sleep because I could not deny myself "just one more chapter." The book is suitable for adult readers, in my opinion, because there are some slightly graphic descriptions of the mutilations inflicted upon the victims. But on the other hand everybody can google Jack the Ripper and find out about his perversions. Enough said! If you like thriller and mystery books, Sherlock Holmes and Victorian London, you are in for a treat.

jdaigle3 Nov 15, 2012

Very much in the Holmesian tradition. If you like revisionist takes on history (Jack the Ripper) and are always fascinated by Sherlock Holmes remakes then this is for you. It features a more likeable and intelligent Watson than King's, but Holmes is his "typical" self!

Jan 22, 2011

Suspence, Shock, Sorrow.... this book has it all! I may still be a bit too young for this book but it rocks!

tomato Apr 13, 2010

This is a first novel, and it's spot on! Has the language, and the atmosphere of Conan Doyle, with a thriller of a plot! Excellent!

Feb 05, 2010

Sherlock Holmes is the Victorian era?s most famous detective; author Lyndsey Faye could not resist pairing him with the era?s most famous criminal, Jack the Ripper, in her novel Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson.

Dec 21, 2009

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