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Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson by [Faye, Lyndsay]
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"A well-written and atmospheric adventure, Lyndsay Faye's excellent tale of the Victorian period and the clash of arch-foes Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes makes for exciting reading. Journey back in time to the gas-lit London of the 1880s in search of the Whitechapel murderer. Come -- the game is afoot!" -- Stewart P. Evans, author of "Jack the Ripper: Letters from Hell" with Keith Skinner

"Lyndsay Faye has crafted an elegant, suspenseful thriller that feels right at home on Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes is in good hands." -- Daniel Stashower, author of "The Beautiful Cigar Girl"

""Dust and Shadow" is fast-moving fun. Lyndsay Faye has done a great job of combining the romance of Sherlock Holmes's London with the menace of Jack the Ripper." -- Phillip Margolin, author of "Executive Privilege" and "Proof Positive"

"At long last, an author of rare talent combines a thorough, enthusiastic knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes canon with truly rigorous research into, and respect for, what remains one of the greatest and most horrifying unsolved murder cases in modern history: the Jack the Ripper killings. Where others have failed, Lyndsay Faye's extremely impressive debut novel succeeds, on every level, providing thrilling entertainment without blatant exploitation. It will instantly take a place of distinction among the best attempts of contemporary authors to continue the work of Arthur Conan Doyle, and is, quite simply, a must for Holmes fans and Ripperologists alike." -- Caleb Carr, author of "The Alienist" and" Killing Time"

"Lyndsay Faye's "Dust and Shadow" is a rare gem: A never-told story about Sherlock Holmes that rings true! The voices are near-perfect, her research impeccable -- all in all, a feast for fans of the Great Detective and the Good Doctor and for those thrilled by the hunt for Jack the Ripper!" -- Leslie S. Klinger, editor of "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Leslie Klinger and John le Carre

"Any fan of Sherlock Holmes has at some point wished Conan Doyle had set the brilliant detective's singular mind against his most notorious real-life contemporary, Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye finally makes that wish a reality. "Dust and Shadow" reads with authenticity and flavor -- as if Faye had been alongside Holmes and Watson witnessing their greatest challenge -- giving us a novel that Holmes fans, Ripper-case aficionados and all lovers of great stories will relish." -- Matthew Pearl, author of "The Dante Club" and "The Last Dickens"

"Lyndsay Faye's depiction of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and their world is exceptional in "Dust and Shadow," an exciting and grimly vivid tale that confronts the murderous Jack the Ripper with A. Conan Doyle's immortal detective better than ever before." -- The Conan Doyle Estate

"Sherlock Holmes is Jack the Ripper's mortal enemy, and never more so than in Lyndsay Faye's "Dust and Shadow." This first novel has bags of atmosphere. With a great deal of skill, the fictional Holmes and Watson are carefully woven into the weft and woof of the true-life Ripper story." -- Donald Rumbelow, author of "Jack the Ripper: Scotland Yard Investigates" with Stewart P. Evans

About the Author

Lyndsay Faye is the author of five critically acclaimed books: Dust and Shadow, The Gods of Gotham, which was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, Seven for a Secret, The Fatal Flame, and Jane Steele. She lives in New York City with her husband, Gabriel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2467 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (28 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCQ8AW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dust and Shadow is a brilliant first novel by Lyndsay Faye. She effortlessly brings together two great icons of crime together, Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper, with a story so logical you forget it is a work of fiction. No plot spoilers but at the end you will see the why and the how. Book also contains a street map of Whitechapel which helps in seeing where the action takes place. A brilliant read as are her other two books about the early work of the NYPD.
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Sherlock Holmes once again tackles the mystery of Jack the Ripper in Lyndsay Faye's 2009 debut novel Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson. The potential for a fictional face-off between literature's master detective and the most infamous murderer in British criminal history has, over the last few decades, been the basis for at least two movies and literally dozens of novels and short stories. Though the premise was in serious danger of being over-used, it is fair to say that Faye's belated addition to the list of `Holmes vs. the Ripper' fiction is generally superior to most of the previous efforts, and succeeds in giving the reader a fresh (if perhaps a little too coy and cosy) take on the old story.
Faye's novel isn't a perfect approximation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing style (despite the reviews on the back of the book claiming the contrary), but it is probably as close as we are likely to get in 2009. As is usual with these latter-day Holmes pastiches, the main stumbling block of the book is the portrayal of the central characters themselves. In characterising the Great Detective as a quick-thinking, good humoured, and essentially very likeable man of action, Faye critically misses Holmes' mercurial eccentricities and (admittedly politically incorrect) misogynist streak, and whilst Watson remains the dogged, canny narrative voice familiar from Conan Doyle's originals, he is allowed a couple of emotionally charged outbursts that don't ring true. However, Faye largely avoids the kind of tedious, ill-advised attempts to modernise the characters that have blighted so many contemporary Holmes novels (no Alan Vanneman-style amorous encounters for Watson here, at any rate).
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I was surprised to find the story so well written with few obvious Americanisms. The plot was a good one with a twist or two that I won't share so as not to spoil the reading experience. The tone for Holmes is slightly out but Watson seems about right. I would be interested to read other books on Holmes by this author.
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Jumping into a crowded area Lyndsay Faye's Dust and Shadow is a good read. She has managed to capture the flavour of Conan Doyle,something other writers stuggle with.Another plus is keeping the Ripper tale away from the well known 'Royal' conspiracies.One of the most enjoyable(dispite the grisly subject) of the Sherlock Holmes pastiches.
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Lyndsay Faye's "Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr John H Watson" is commended by the Conan Doyle Estate and praised by Caleb Carr, Daniel Stashower and Leslie Klinger. And it is very good. Ms Faye knows her two subjects, the Holmesian Canon and the Whitechapel murders of 1888, disturbingly well. There have been other attempts to link the great detective with the butcher of Whitechapel, but "Dust and Shadow" is the first I can recall in which just about every detail is accurate. Rather boldly, the author gives us a very broad hint as to the murderer's identity right at the beginning, so that we can watch the clues as they arise and see how Holmes deals with them. The numerous historical characters are presented very fairly, and they are all people who actually had a connection with the crimes or their investigation. No members of the royal family, no distinguished surgeons, no psychics. (I'm glad to meet, so to speak, George Lusk, head of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, whose grandson I knew twenty years ago.) All the dramatis personae are memorable, a result, perhaps, of Ms Faye's theatrical training, and everyone behaves in character. The identity of the killer is perfectly plausible, as is the reason for his success in evading suspicion. He is, in a way, like GK Chesterton's Invisible Man. He has a different name, but he is based on an actual person, though it's impossible now to know just what the real man was like.Read more ›
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As one who has a decades-long fascination with the Jack the Ripper case, and more than a nodding acquaintance with Arthur Conan Doyle, the topic here was immediately fascinating - yet I knew that capturing characters so classic often is a risky and unsatisfying effort. This book did not disappoint. I had to remind myself that this wasn't really the work of Watson. :)

The plot and characterisation are excellent, and show a very solid acquaintance with the Ripper murders and Conan Doyle's work. The author captured the Holmes and Watson characters superbly, and one may fine oneself wishing that Sherlock Holmes had existed (other than on paper) to be called in to investigate the Ripper situation. The underlying idea is a chestnut, but this was one of the more entertaining efforts in this direction.

This book is a rare example of how characters from the past, whether real or literary, may be captured in a fashion which will appeal to devotees of both. It is a commendable effort, and one seldom achieved, for all that the attempts in that direction are so constant as to be clichés.
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