This is a challenging read but one whose journey is worth it. The style of writing mirrors both the poets turn of phrase and the ambiguity inherent in Victorian literature a device that is well employed by Richard Patterson. The research is amazing and not just tied in to the evidence of Francis Thompson being a ripper candidate but to a setting and location in time. The very smells and echoes of London in 1888 permeate this volume. An original conceit that is explored in such a depth that even the most ardent of sceptic will be seduced into thinking that yes the mystery is solved. If this book does not go down as a worthy addition to the ripper canon then like the crime itself it is a scandal. Richard Patterson has established himself as a serious contender with this tome and adds to an impressive array of literature -one in which he can hold his head high as he has not just added but heightened the theories and possibilities surrounding a phenomena that continues to engage and question us and our perceptions. If you had the slightest interest in Jack the ripper then this book needs to be on your shelf and in you consciousness.