The Lover

Overview

It is Autumn in 1940, and London is in the grip of the Blitz. An unidentified female corpse is discovered in an alleyway in Soho. It is the fourth to be found in the last few weeks. The women—all prostitutes—have been horribly mutilated. It’s clear that in the darkness and confusion of the war-ravaged city, a "Blackout Ripper" is at work. Inspired by a true story, this is a breathtaking new novel from one of the most talented and distinctive crime writers working today.

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Overview

It is Autumn in 1940, and London is in the grip of the Blitz. An unidentified female corpse is discovered in an alleyway in Soho. It is the fourth to be found in the last few weeks. The women—all prostitutes—have been horribly mutilated. It’s clear that in the darkness and confusion of the war-ravaged city, a "Blackout Ripper" is at work. Inspired by a true story, this is a breathtaking new novel from one of the most talented and distinctive crime writers working today.

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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.)
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Product Details

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

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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