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Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson [Deckle Edge]

5 Ratings: 4.2
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Following in the footsteps of such crime writers as Ellery Queen and Michael Dibdin, Faye pits Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper in her impressive if flawed debut. In the autumn of 1888, the savage slaughter of two prostitutes in London's East … see full wiki

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Author: Dust and Shadow
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
5 reviews about Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper...
review by . May 02, 2009
Faye's debut novel puts Sherlock Holmes on the endlessly-debated and still unsolved Ripper case, and the marriage is a good one. Faye has captured Arther Conan Doyle's creation of Dr. Watson's writing style and Watson's faint sense of frustration with and deep strain of admiration for Holmes so the effort reads like a new Sherlock Holmes adventure and not a hacked-up update.    Holmes' rational deductive powers are stretched to the limits when faced with the real-life psychopathic …
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Good sant on a mystery
review by . June 01, 2010
As a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, I was not sure how the author would come across in style and prose. Lyndsay Faye has done an outstanding job with the story, and if I didn't know better, I might think Doyle wrote this himself. She does such a great job that I knew right away she was a fan of Sherlock herself. It shows in the writing. You are transported back in time through the writing, and that is important for any Holmes story in my opinion. The book is an interesting and well thought out version …
review by . June 04, 2009
New novelist Lyndsay Faye has done what few have managed before. She has resurrected Sherlock Holmes and company. Faye succeeds admirably in creating the ambience of the original novels, and by pitting Holmes against Jack the Ripper, presents him with a challenge worthy of his talents. The world's greatest detective emerges true to form, with arrogance and foibles intact. Dr. Watson, dear as ever, remains at his side, but in this tale, he takes a more active role than was his wont. The usual lovely …
review by . May 30, 2009
I have fairly little interest in the Ripper murders. I don't quite get the people who want to sit there and pour over every aspect of the case, hoping that they can figure out, at long last!, who the killer was.    But though I have little interest in the actual case, I have enjoyed fiction based around it. "Anno Dracula", by Kim Newman, is a fine example of this, mixing the story of Dracula with that of the Ripper. Now add to it this latest novel, "Dust and Shadow", wherein …
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