Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Ripper's Apprentice - Donald Thomas


1986 classic from the author also prolific as Francis Selwyn.  As the image suggests, this belongs to the Inspector Swain series and concerns a serial killer loose in London three years after the Ripper's Autumn of Terror.  I'm not sure whodunit will be much of a surprise to fans of the form but for me the pleasure was entirely in the writing - from the mystery man's ramblings, written in his own urine, to the horse-faced Inspector's surprisingly lively sex life.  The case is a real one but I have no idea whether the blackmail aspect is historical or not.  Does it matter?  Not a jot.  Reading this was pure unadulterated delight.  Can't wait to get my hands on another.

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