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Ripper (Walker Burke Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Shaun Lewisham , Dorothy Webb
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Ripper is a psychological crime thriller set in the West Midlands, and, as the title suggests, it revolves around the nefarious activities of a serial killer.
The murders baffle the Ripper squad, which has been created to catch the killer. The detective in charge of the investigation decides they require fresh impetus with the case. They require a man who will generate fresh momentum in their efforts to capture the invisible killer. With the body count on the rise and the public becoming increasingly frustrated they turn to a face from the past. Enter disgraced psychologist, Walker Burke, a maverick genius in psychological profiling techniques. Burke has a proven track record, previously assisting in the capture of serial offenders. However, he has a dark past, filled with personal problems and addiction issues.
Burke must strike back against his own personal demons and fight the prejudice that exudes from his nemesis: Dr. Veron McKay, the presentable face of an investigation and a publicists dream. One is the darling of the media circus that revolves around the Ripper murders, the other a dark sole with passion to help the weak, vulnerable, the very women who are being hunted on the killing grounds of The Midlands.
A rising star of the Police Force, Karen Ellis is detailed to be Burke’s liaison officer and keep his behaviour in check; a sub plot ensues as their relationship develops.
The Ripper grows in confidence and starts to bait the police via the press; and the media frenzy that follows is a reflection of the Yorkshire Ripper series of the late seventies and early eighties. The Ripper knows of Walker Burke and the relationship between them develops into a dual of good against evil, fought out in the public domain.
The ripples of his evil touch everyone, as the role of women in society comes increasingly into question and startling statistics regarding violence toward them are revealed. Protest groups are formed and marches organised in an attempt to help capture The Ripper. The momentum of his killing is increasing and his brutality knows no limits.
One victim of The Ripper is the daughter of the ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer, a man who has connections in the Special Forces and Special Branch. He has his own unique way of catching the killer; the question is who will get to the Ripper first?
The ending remains on a knife edge until the final chapter and the killer’s identity is finally revealed to the reader in the dramatic finale.
Ripper draws on family relationships, murders, profiling, a social narrative regarding women’s roles in society and the evil that lies deep within the soul of a man.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 637 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JBDRDXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #501,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format:Kindle Edition
To start with, I was enjoying the book, not only because of the plot but also because most of the characters were nicely fleshed out; however, like most of the other readers who have posted a review, the more I read, the more errors I came across. Whoever edited the book relied heavily on a spellchecker and did not check meanings; as a result, idiotic mistakes such as "a sensitive sole" (must be very painful, do you end up lame?) or a confusion between emphasise and empathise, spoil the atmosphere entirely: you might find it amusing the first 2 or 3 times, then it becomes really annoying. Full stops are often placed in the middle of sentences and commas, though rarely used, are frequently in the wrong place; you then need to reread the sentence to make sense of it. This is a shame as the book itself, though no masterpiece, is ok.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame... 11 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is riddled with spelling & grammatical errors, one opens a drawer not a draw in a chest of drawers...it is a great pity because the plot is pretty good, despite words in wrongly placed and/or repeated. Think about sacking your editor Mr Lewisham as the mistakes became worse towards the end of the book..
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1.0 out of 5 stars Re-edited? 11 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Despite the "Re-Edit" the spelling and grammar is still atrocious. Dorothy Webb claims to be an editor. Even with my dyslexic sense of spelling they are absolute clangers spared when it should be sparred...feel when It should be fell. Spell-checking on a computer edit is all so simple
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced 18 April 2014
By R.M.N.
Format:Kindle Edition
A great read, an anti-hero that is up there with the best. A man with an edge, the villian is rutless, the love linterst is a nice sub-plot. Makes you want to keep turing pages until you reac the end and you're left looking for the next installment. . .highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ripper 8 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
although it was quite apparent to me within the first few chapters who the identity of the killer really was it did not detract my enjoyment of this book, in fact the Columbo type feel to it just made you embrace the frustration of the main characters for his capture. I have now read most of Mr Lewisham's books and although there is still gaps in grammar and an almost obsessional reference to Gary Numan in all books I am glad to say I am a fan.
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