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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,250 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN:
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Between August and November 1888, at least seven women were murdered in London's Whitechapel area. The gruesome nature of the their deaths caused panic in the East End for months, and gave rise to the sobriquet that was to become shorthand for a serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

For over a hundred years the murders have remained among the world's greatest unsolved crimes. Using her forensic skills, Patricia Cornwell has applied the discipline of 21st-century police investigation to the extant material, and presents the perpetrator as the world-famous artist Walter Sickert.

With her knowledge of criminal investigation and her consummate skills as a best-selling writer, Patricia Cornwell has produced a book that pays due respect to the people whose deaths spawned one of the 20th century's least attractive entertainment industries; Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddows, Mary Kelly, and others. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa E. | 2/14/2014

    " Fascinating true crime exploration of a victorian serial killer from a forensic perspective. After nights of being steeped in Ripper lore and speculation, this book gave me nightmares! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/11/2014

    " Well, this book had interesting parts/info but I really wouldn't recommend it to any one. I forced myself to finish the book but got 3/4ths the way through and really wasn't interested any longer. The famous mystery writer Patricia Cornwell researched the Jack the Ripper murders and gave her opinion through this research who she felt his identity was. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Iris | 1/28/2014

    " The author uses bad logic and highly suggestive arguments for her case. Obnoxious to say the least. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby Conners | 1/26/2014

    " Fascinating! Beware, if you don't have a strong stomach this is not the book for you. Patricia Cornwell presents some interesting evidence against Mr. Sickert. I could not put this down, I wanted to know more and more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Noel Griese | 1/25/2014

    " Cornwell should stick to writing fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Sinner | 1/17/2014

    " Maybe she has solved it! Her arguments make sense. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen Haddad | 1/15/2014

    " I couldn't finish this book (got just over 1/2 way). For a non-fiction there was just way too much of the authors own opinion. Sometimes made it hard to know if things she was talking about was actual documented evidence or her speculations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Phelps | 1/12/2014

    " Never has a badly written book been so interesting. Warning: CREEPY. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richart Drake Lewis | 1/4/2014

    " So far I'm finding this to be very interesting and well researched. It's also very inspiring as a writer or from a writer's view point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy | 1/2/2014

    " Very cool take on the ripper. Gets you thinking. Patricia Cornwell rocks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicity | 12/28/2013

    " This is a brilliant book. I've read a few books on the identity of Jack the Ripper and this was the most compelling and the most enjoyable. I came away believing every word Cornwell wrote. Definitely a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Fabiano | 12/21/2013

    " Im not a "Ripperologist" but this theory of PC's is a good one. Not exactly convinced, but it is a good theory put forward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Meger | 12/15/2013

    " This book terrified me, especially because I read this back when Liz was pregnant and the only thing that made her happy was reading Calvin and Hobbes in bed. So occasionally my reading of graphic murder was punctuated by Liz's huge, somewhat malevolent cackle. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheri Piercy | 12/12/2013

    " Never got through the first chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 12/8/2013

    " Each of her points is well-researched. I never felt like the writer was grasping at straws for an explanation, but that she had done her homework and presented a thought provoking case. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 12/6/2013

    " Good research and probably is true - shes a great forensic investigator - but oh my gosh skip the chapter on the details of the stationary comparisons, watermarks, etc. BORING... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Delia | 8/4/2013

    " NOt what I expected. It is half entertaining read as a piece of fiction but a huge meh! overall. She should stick with Scapetta's mysteries, she is very good at it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 7/27/2013

    " One word...nonsense "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vonda Gardner | 7/27/2013

    " I think Patricia Cornwell should stick to fiction. This book was quite dry. The facts of the case were interesting & there were some good pictures, but it was sometimes hard to get through this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/26/2013

    " I am such a fan of true crime, and this is one of the best I have read! PC hits it right on the money. She investigates arguably the biggest case of all time, and solves it. This is a really long read....you can't go fast through all these details, but it is SO worth it if you're curious about JTR. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 8/16/2012

    " No review. Just an awesome book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 6/30/2012

    " This book takes time to digest and get over how disturbing it is. It is non-fiction, of course, and reads like a court case, not a novel. Very gruesome and graphic. I took my time to read it--a couple months, actually. I read another "lighter" book at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SueAnn | 6/8/2012

    " A very long and comprehension work on Jack the Ripper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucii Grubb | 5/29/2012

    " This book took me forever to read, but it holds interesting facts and unknown evidence from other books on Jack the Ripper. It does takes a while to get through but it's very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vesta Lynn | 1/24/2012

    " After reading this book I have to say I am disappointed in the current book I am reading by Patricia. I thought all of her books would be of this caliber. It seems as if she is catering to the masses in The Isle of Dogs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 1/23/2012

    " As a pathologist, Patricia Cornwell has delivered some interesting hypothesis for who the Real Jack the Ripper might have been. I liked this book! Don't want to spoil it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kacie | 10/10/2011

    " Interesting theory, don't know if I buy it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi | 8/12/2011

    " This book was so boring..I am a Jack the Ripper fanatic and was hoping PC would present some really credible information re: who Jack the Ripper was (note the second part of the title~case closed) She didn't though..she presented her theory which is just that..her theory! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xarah | 8/6/2011

    " Quite interesting. (Read it in norwegian.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bernard | 5/24/2011

    " PC did a good job presenting the era of Jack the Ripper, but in terms of an investigation, she dropped the ball. She had a suspect and built her entire case to justify that suspicion. That's doing it backwards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 5/17/2011

    " Was a very interesting analysis of the Jack the Ripper case- very in depth and informative. Not a typical read for me but I loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 5/15/2011

    " Although an interesting topic. This book is too graphic for my stomach to handle. It gave me nightmares and made me leery of walking to my car at night. It is also extremely technical. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fabienne | 5/13/2011

    " Just not my cup of tea! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sparkleface | 5/4/2011

    " Completely fascinating. Cornwell proves Jack the Ripper's identity without a doubt in my opinion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marie | 4/6/2011

    " This was not what I expected. Cornwell decided who Jack was and then tried to make all the "evidence" fit her conclusion. Ugh! What a waste of my time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marielle | 3/25/2011

    " It's been a few years since I've read this, but I remember being very convinced by her arguments. A really intriguing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/13/2011

    " This investigation of a legendary true crime is so riveting to me, I could not stop reading. I was hoping she would be as good at true crime as she is at mystery fiction. She did not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 3/5/2011

    " I was really intrigued by the author's claim to have solved the mystery of who Jack the Ripper was. Her theory is supported by strong evidence. I have to say I bought it! So call me gullible! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Genie | 3/3/2011

    " Really unlikely, ego- driven; not very probable. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. It is the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year. She has since gone on to become a #1 New York Times bestselling author, with some of her more recent bestsellers including The Bone Bed, Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. To date, Cornwell’s books have sold more than 100 million copies in thirty-six languages in over 120 countries. Her character Dr. Kay Scarpetta won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. When not writing from her home in Boston, Cornwell tirelessly researches cutting-edge forensic technologies to include in her work.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.