- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (22 Feb. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340953683
- ISBN-13: 978-0340953686
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.2 x 23.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders: (Zulu Hart 3) Hardcover – 22 Feb 2018
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An entertaining tale takes us deep into the seamy side of Victorian London (The Times)
Enjoyable, fast-moving and full of suspense, with the final outcome unanticipated, what's not to like! (Breakaway Reviewers)
Saul David cunningly weaves together history and fiction to breathe new life into old ideas about the killings. the result is an exciting and entertaining adventure story (BBC History Magazine)
This fast paced plot allows little time to catch your breath as Hart pursues the killer. The writing is tight and punchy getting across the energy and essential essence of the hero George Hart VC. (Shots)
As precocious as ever, our daredevil hero is once again in the thick of things as he takes on anyone and everyone who dares to cross his path. Great stuff. (Daily Mail)
There is no escaping the grip of [David's] second Hart novel . . . Hart is a proper boy's own hero (Daily Telegraph)
A first-rate historian, now a masterly story-teller (Bernard Cornwell on ZULU HART)
David is a popular historian with a rare talent . . . An unashamed crowd-pleaser with a compelling, sexy hero who could give Cornwell's Sharpe a run for his money. (The Times on ZULU HART)
A Victorian adventure as big as the veldt and chewier than buffalo biltong . . . real figures of the period are endowed with motive, intent and dialogue that may be fictitious but are entirely convincing (Sunday Telegraph on ZULU HART)
Let's hope that Saul David's new character will be reappearing . . . a terrific adventure (Rodney Troubridge on ZULU HART)
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Hart is moved into the Prince's cavalry unit, he sets out to befriend Albert. However, his task turns out to be more difficult than he thought, Albert's sexual proclivities, he is bisexual, has the Prince risk venturing into the East End in search of sexual thrills. Albert and his friends, who have strong misogynist views, often go to Whitechapel as a group. Meanwhile, George is going undercover into a Fenian terrorist group in an effort to find out their plans and foil any assassination attempts. There are macabre murders of prostitutes in Whitechapel, and evidence emerges that points to the Prince who has been in the area at the time of the deaths. Sir Charles Warren, the Police Commissioner, asks for Hart's help in preventing the heightened tensions of the poverty stricken and squalid East End erupting. Hart joins forces with Sergeant Fletcher in a covert investigation of the Ripper case as the police choose not to follow up certain leads. Hart decides to try and eliminate the Prince from his inquiries, is the Prince being falsely implicated or is the unthinkable true?
Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel murders provide the exciting background to this compelling historical thriller. There has been a huge amount of focus and speculation on this period of Victorian history from a range of different quarters, and interest has not diminished through time. Saul David adds his own theories outlined in the narrative, although it has to be said he bases it on what is known and the real people known to have been part of the police investigation. Hart puts his life at risk to find evidence to exonerate the Prince whilst identifying the real perpetrator(s). He is a man who enjoys the risk and adventure, and desperate to return oversees as part of the British military. This is entertaining historical read with plenty of suspense and tension with the odd twist here and there. Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC.
I cannot believe its been 10 years since Zulu Hart was released, a book that i highly enjoyed along with its follow up Hart of Empire, Saul David brought alive the character of George Hart, the history of the time and the depth of history in each of those books, as an author he truly brought those books to life.
The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders was a wonderful surprise after a 6 year break from George Harts adventurous life, a long awaited next on the series. Its has been sometime since the last fictional novel from Saul David and i felt it in the start of this book, unlike the previous two books this one didn’t capture me immediately, or at least it wasn’t George who did, as with other books the realism of the authors portrayal of the period did, it was my previous attachment to the character that kept me totally involved and interested in him. However it didn’t take long for the author to bring George back to life, particularly with the intrigue around his past.
What follows next is a well crafted crime novel full of intrigue and misdirection, set in a period where great squalor and hardship exists, an environment where the weak can be preyed upon, an environment where Jack the Ripper roams. While George is tasked with protecting Prince Albert Victor from Fenian terrorists, he also gets drawn into the investigation for one of the most notorious killers in British history. Saul David doesn’t just then take the reader on a fanciful ride, we are treated to an accurate and plausible account of the investigation of who the ripper may have been. In doing so i defy anyone to not be hooked by the plot and enamored with the characters.
During the book the author also drops many little Easter eggs from Georges past, the gap in time that exists between Hart of Empire and this book, all of which could be potential stand alone novels or novellas, i hope this means we will see much much more of Georges past and his future, and i also hope that we don’t have to wait another six years for it because Saul David has a talent for creating the most fantastic scenery for his characters to grow into.
1. Zulu Hart (2008)
2. Hart of Empire (2010)
3. The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders (2016)
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