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Letters From a Murderer

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New York, 1891: a rapidly changing city, torn between lamplight and electric light, where the burgeoning steel and railway industries attract a flood of humanity from every corner of the globe, fuelling cut-throat gangs, corruption and vice.

A prostitute is found brutally murdered. Immediately fear starts to spread. The victim bears the same hallmarks as Jack the Ripper's recent killing spree in England. Could it be that the Ripper has crossed ...

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Overview

New York, 1891: a rapidly changing city, torn between lamplight and electric light, where the burgeoning steel and railway industries attract a flood of humanity from every corner of the globe, fuelling cut-throat gangs, corruption and vice.

A prostitute is found brutally murdered. Immediately fear starts to spread. The victim bears the same hallmarks as Jack the Ripper's recent killing spree in England. Could it be that the Ripper has crossed the Atlantic to fresh killing grounds? Or is this simply a copycat murder?

To solve the case, one of the original English Ripper pathologists, Finley Jameson, is teamed up with Joseph Argenti, one of the new 'untouchable' detectives, hand-picked by a New York Mayor eager to fight corruption.

But Michael Tierney, the city's leading gangster, has his own ideas about how the city should be run. And as the body-count rises, and Jameson & Argenti are taunted by the killer in open letters, they find themselves fighting not just to save the next victim, but for the city's very soul.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909223370
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 679,465
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.14 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    I bought this book after seeing it at the local BN. Since I have

    I bought this book after seeing it at the local BN. Since I have a Nook HD+ I bought the Nook version.




    The book was an excellent read and I greatly enjoyed it. The only thing that could be done to improve the story in my opinion would be to take the pie-chapter 1 text and instead include it as an afterword regarding the actual history post-Ripper along with some places to begin exploring that.




    That said, the Nook version is marred by inexcusably bad proofing. I  was stunned by how bad it was. In looking at it, I became convinced someone merely copied the text from something like a MS Word document straight into an EPUB creator and didn't bother doing anything beyond that. Below is just my list of all the proofing errors I stumbled across:




    Page 18, fifth paragraph of chapter 3 - the word hand is duplicated.




    Page 18 - in the paragraph beginning "Argenti prided" is the duplicated h just before herringbone




    Page 26 - what is meant to be a footnote at the bottom appears in middle of page




    Page 28 - what is meant to be a footnote at the bottom appears in middle of page




    Page 70 - no closing quote on paragraph starting "Jameson nodded..."




    Page 92 - footnote in the paragraph starting "Tierney looked..." that isn't shown until the middle of page 93




    Page 129 - footnote in paragraph that begins "Unlikely that..." which is not shown until the middle of page130




    Page 253 - footnote in paragraph that begins the only friend is tied 2/3 down the page




    Page 302 - paragraph beginning "While thorough..." refers to Jameson when it should be Lawrence




    No breaks between sections. None. This made it difficult to read as it was near impossible to tell when one scene in the chapter ended and another began.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    NOT the full book.

    It's only an "extended preview". Thank you very little!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    B

    Book? It was not presented as a sampler, but it was. Can't recommend reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    VERY DISAPPOINTING! I WAS REALLY ENJOYING THIS UNTIL IT ENDED A

    VERY DISAPPOINTING! I WAS REALLY ENJOYING THIS UNTIL IT ENDED ABRUPTLY. DO NOT GET THIS "FREE" BOOK!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Interesting.

    I love Sherlock Holmes books, movies, etc. So naturally, since this is basically a 'type' of Holmes book, I was intrigued. I like the way Mr. Matthews weaves the mystery. I just felt there were far too many frivolous characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Awesome book!

    I did not give this review 5 stars only because it is a short blurb. However, the book itself is really really good. I would sit down to read it and found that two hours had passed. I really enjoyed the investigative team of Argenti and Jameson and I like Lawrence as well. I learned something new with the Hebrew letters used in the book. Very interesting read!

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