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Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Casebook Hardcover – 15 Oct 2013
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Long regarded as one of the 'fathers of modern Ripperology', Mr Whittington-Egan has many years' association with the subject and this long awaited expansion and update of his seminal work on Ripper literature has been much anticipated. In a field where there are many books constantly published, this is a must-have and necessary volume for the Ripper researcher, historian and enthusiast alike. It is a valuable and necessary guide to the published works in a subject that can perplex even the most informed of readers. Amberley have produced here a book that will fill a gap in Ripper publishing that only a writer of Mr Whittington-Egan's calibre could fill. This is not merely another Ripper volume - it is an investment for anyone with an interest, at whatever level, in the Whitechapel murders of 1888. (STEWART P. EVANS, author of The Ultimate Jack the Ripper)
Richard Whittington-Egan is one of the Grand Masters of 'Ripperology'. A long time commentator, not an innovator, as he himself has said, his new book, Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Casebook, is a masterly distillation of the facts and theories that have built up over the past half century. The public fascination with the Ripper shows no signs of abating and for anyone coming new to this subject or indeed, for the older Ripperologists who may have missed a theory or two, this book is an absolute must. (DON RUMBELOW, author of The Complete Jack the Ripper)
About the Author
Richard Whittington-Egan spent thirty years as a journalist with Associated Newspapers (Daily Mail) and is a well-respected true-crime writer. He has been pursuing the study of Jack the Ripper for longer than anyone else alive. As a boy, he talked to people who had lived through the Ripper's activities. He has also acted as a reader and adviser on crime books to Little, Brown and Penguin Books, and as a reviewer for The Times, the New York Times and the London Evening Standard among others. He lives in Great Malvern.
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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
"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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