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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid book, 21 Jan. 2014
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Junius (London, Middlesex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This book is not a history of Jack the Ripper and his murders, but a historiography. That is to say, it is an account of those who have written about the case from 1888 onwards, and about what they have written. If you know nothing about the case, this book is probably not for you as the author seems to assume some knowledge. Read Sugden first, and then read this. But it is very detailed and well illustrated, there's no crank theories put forward by the author and as he writes, anyone looking into the case must be sceptical and suspicious. Very interesting work indeed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written & Informative, 2 Dec. 2013
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Mr. Whittington-Egan's writing style & clarity have improved remarkably since his 1975 "Casebook on Jack the Ripper". The previous book was an exercise in circumlocution, which was enough to make me avoid buying his current book for quite a while.

"Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Casebook", on the other hand, is cearly written, concise, illuminating, & original. The approach & intent here appear to be similar to the Ramon F. Adams series on the Old (American) West, e.g., "More Burs Under the Saddle". Mr. Whittington-Egan has indeed found "moths" under the "cloaks" of some Jack the Ripper writers, & displays a good sense of humor while discussing them.

"The Definitive Casebook" is a worthwhile addition to my Jack the Ripper collection, & I highly recommend it to all who are looking for an expert's opinion on this subject that is written with logic & panache, making for a highly entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh so close, 22 Dec. 2013
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I think if you've an interest in the Whitechapel Murders, this is one of those "must-have" books...it's interesting in that it devotes very little time to the murders themselves, but instead takes a long sideways look at the history of Ripperology, investigating all the better known theories.

It does so in a very individualistic and often humorous style, and one can imagine the author as an elderly gentleman, sitting back in a comfy armchair and having a wry chuckle at some absurdity or another he's uncovered.

This isn't the sort of book you read and absorb in a single sitting...or even a series of back-to-back sittings...it's one you'll want to put a bookmark in, think about and keep coming back to over a period of time...but for all that, it's fascinating and I did find myself drawn to come back every time.

For me it (only just) lost the fifth star because I found the writing style slightly ponderous...which is a very personal thing after all...to be fair, it very nearly made it back though through it's undoubted depth of research...but not quite. How one wishes for a system with decimal points...this is about a 4.5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who was Jack?, 7 Dec. 2013
The author is knowledgeable about the literature pertaining to Jack the Ripper. He is also suitably skeptical of attempts to identify Jack. Less fortunate is his tendency to overwrite and search out little used words. On balance, an important and useful work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put simply a must have., 25 Oct. 2013
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We have been waiting 17 years for this book, and I must say it is worth the wait. Written in Whittington - Egans inimitable style, this takes the subject of Ripperology by the scruff of the neck and shakes hard. If anyone is interested in the subject of Jack the Ripper this is the book for you. It does not try and force a suspect on to the reader but instead provides a mass of good, well researched information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars jack the Ripper - the Definitive Casebook, 18 Dec. 2013
very informative and well presented. Easy to read and written in a clear and precise way. a must for Christmas
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD BUT NOT FLAWLESS, 28 Dec. 2013
Like the other reviewers here have already made clear, this is a Ripper classic, and quite an intellectual achievement for someone who according to Wikipedia is 89 years old. Mr Whittington-Egan has an impressive grasp of his subject, from many years of experience, and he does not fall for hoaxes like the'Maybrick Diary' and the shenanigans of Donald McCormick & Co. The book is beautifully written in a prose that would have met with the approval of Osbert Sitwell. It is disappointing to see that this remarkable Casebook has been given practically no attention by the major newspapers - could the publishers not afford to send out any review copies?

Nor have the publishers done Mr Whittington-Egan any favours when editing and designing this book. Editing is non-existent, the cover is ugly, and most of the illustrations are mugshots of obscure 'ripperologists' of yesteryear. Minor errors of spelling and fact abound, and it is disappointing to see double printing on many pages of a book costing £25.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Mar. 2015
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very good
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Dec. 2014
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