The Lover

The Lover

by Laura Wilson
     
 

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It’s the fall of 1940, and London is being destroyed by the Blitz. Every night, its citizens cram into shelters, basements, subway stations – anything to avoid the bombs. And every morning, they awake to scenes of fresh devastation. But some of those citizens don’t wake up. In many cases, it’s the bombs that are to blame. But for a handful

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It’s the fall of 1940, and London is being destroyed by the Blitz. Every night, its citizens cram into shelters, basements, subway stations – anything to avoid the bombs. And every morning, they awake to scenes of fresh devastation. But some of those citizens don’t wake up. In many cases, it’s the bombs that are to blame. But for a handful of the dead, there seems to have been a more immediate cause. The victims were all prostitutes, like the victims of another, notorious serial killer. Jack the Ripper may be long gone, but it’s clear that someone is following in his footsteps. Based on the true story of the “Blackout Ripper.”

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Publishers Weekly
Wilson’s period thriller offers a compelling setup inspired by the true, if little-known, rampage of the Blackout Ripper, who slaughtered prostitutes during the London Blitz of 1940. After two drunks and an air-raid warden stumble across the corpse of a woman carved up with a can-opener, the book flashes back to the events of the preceding five weeks from the perspectives of RAF Flying Officer Jim Rushton, hooker Rene Tate, and Lucy Armitage, who rides out the German bombings with her family in Clapham. While Wilson (A Little Death) reveals the identity of the homicidal sadist early on and rarely refers to the official police investigation, she easily maintains suspense, even as she peels back the layers of the murderer’s twisted psyche. Some readers may regret the lack of a coda spelling out where the author parted from the historical record—and whether the real-life killer was ever identified. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934609880
Publisher:
Felony & Mayhem, LLC
Publication date:
11/16/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,017,969
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.17(h) x 0.61(d)

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Meet the Author

Laura Wilson, a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, is also the author of A Little Death, which Publishers Weekly called “A superb debut…a tour de force reminiscent of Barbara Vine,” and My Best Friend, which the Wall Street Journal hailed as “masterly.”

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