Ripper: NTW Paperback – 20 Apr 1995
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About the Author
'Michael Slade' is the joint pseudonym of a team of Canadian criminal lawyers specialising in the field of criminal insanity. They have over a hundred murder cased to their credit.
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that leaves you with very little choice by the final chapters of who did do it. Loved it.
This offering from Slade has the Canadian Mounties facing a seemingly supernatural killer, with deep and disturbing roots in the past. Could it be that Inspector DeClerque is pitted against Jack the Ripper himself? Simultaneously writers of crime fiction are being killed off one-by-one whilst trapped on an island during a murder mystery weekend, accumulating in one of the best locked-room and whodunnit mysteries I've read.
Fast paced, graphic and very clever. Who could ask for more?
As with the previous Slade novels, there is a decent plot here. However, the characters are so two-dimensional and unsympathetic it's hard to care about what happens to them. This is particularly unfortunate regarding those trapped on the island. Each murder is more extreme than the last but at times I found myself chuckling as it just becomes silly. An attempt is made to pay homage to John Dickson Carr, but you get the sense it's more for show rather than affection. Not an awful read and in some ways perversely entertaining but you can feel the gears grinding.