Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed / Edition 1

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed / Edition 1

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by Patricia Cornwell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0425192733

ISBN-13: 2900425192732

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The number-one New York Times-bestselling novelist Patricia Cornwell is known the world over for her brilliant storytelling, the courage of her characters, and the state-of-the-art forensic methods they employ.

In this headline-making new work of nonfiction, Cornwell turns her trademark skills for meticulous research and scientific expertise on one of…  See more details below

Overview

The number-one New York Times-bestselling novelist Patricia Cornwell is known the world over for her brilliant storytelling, the courage of her characters, and the state-of-the-art forensic methods they employ.

In this headline-making new work of nonfiction, Cornwell turns her trademark skills for meticulous research and scientific expertise on one of the most chilling cases of serial murder in the history of crime-the slayings of Jack the Ripper that terrorized 1880s London. With the masterful intuition into the criminal mind that has informed her novels, Cornwell digs deeper into the case than any detective before her-and reveals the true identity of this elusive madman.

Enlisting the help of forensic experts, Cornwell examines all the physical evidence available: thousands of documents and reports, fingerprints, crime-scene photographs, original etchings and paintings, items of clothing, artists' paraphernalia, and traces of DNA. Her unavoidable conclusion: Jack the Ripper was none other than a respected painter of his day, an artist now collected by some of the world's finest museums.

Author Biography: Patricia Cornwell's most recent number-one bestsellers include The Last Precinct and Isle of Dogs. Her earlier work includes Postmortem-the only novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure in a single year-and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the year's best crime novel of 1993. Her fictional chief medical examiner, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, won the 1999 Sherlock Award for best detective created by an American author. Cornwell helped establish the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, the first forensic training facility of its kind in the nation, and serves as the Institute's Chairman of the Board.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900425192732
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Berkley True Crime Series
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
528

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Mr. Nobody1
Chapter 2The Tour8
Chapter 3The Unfortunates16
Chapter 4By Some Person Unknown31
Chapter 5A Glorious Boy41
Chapter 6Walter and the Boys59
Chapter 7The Gentleman Slummer74
Chapter 8A Bit of Broken Looking Glass86
Chapter 9The Dark Lantern98
Chapter 10Medicine of the Courts107
Chapter 11Summer Night120
Chapter 12The Young and Beautiful130
Chapter 13Hue and Cry141
Chapter 14Crochet Work and Flowers154
Chapter 15A Painted Letter175
Chapter 16Stygian Blackness193
Chapter 17The Streets Until Dawn205
Chapter 18A Shiny Black Bag219
Chapter 19These Characters About229
Chapter 20Beyond Identity241
Chapter 21A Great Joke253
Chapter 22Barren Fields and Slag-Heaps262
Chapter 23The Guest Book277
Chapter 24In a Horse-Bin289
Chapter 25Three Keys300
Chapter 26The Daughters of Cobden316
Chapter 27The Darkest Night in the Day331
Chapter 28Further from the Grave352
Bibliography367
Index381

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