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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Cornwell Narrator: Kate Burton Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 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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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andi | 2/20/2014

    " No matter how many times I tried I just COULD not get interested enough in this one to get even half way through it...major disappointment as I am a HUGE Cornell fan :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 2/14/2014

    " This is SUCH a good book!!!! It's non-fiction by Patricia Cornwell. she used her own money and staked her reputation on the research of this book. Very fascinating for those interested in who the real Jack the Ripper might have been. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey | 1/28/2014

    " Read this one a while ago and wanted to put it up on the shelf as a MUST read. Killer book, no pun intended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ambermoon | 1/26/2014

    " Read it 4 times ! Cornwell's masterpiece. Very accurate. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 TJ | 1/24/2014

    " You would think a writer could organize a story and make a coherent point. Apparently not. Not worth the time and doesn't make a compelling story or argument. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Moore | 1/21/2014

    " I saw great potential here but was very disappointed. I could have done without the entire chapters about what stationery Walter Sickert used and how she found DNA squence 1234125E97A-4 (not really) on one stamp but not another which had DNA sequence 1234125E98B-5...which is really close but not exact. It's interesting, but don't devote an entire chapter to it especially when you don't find a match. That's what appendices are for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/8/2014

    " I whizzed through this book in a matter of hours. I could not put it down because it was so interesting. For being based on true events, Cornwell knows how to keep the audience informed and asking all the important questions that professionals have been asking for a century. An interesting take on who may be Jack the Ripper and full of useful information and pictures too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.W. Thompson | 1/6/2014

    " I am constantly supprised by the range of Cornwell's writing. I am a loyal fan of her books and this one took me by surprise. It has been on my to read book shelf for a while as I pursue my own writing career. I finally read it and was shocked as to why no one else had put this together. I think she really found the real idenity of Jack The Ripper, so many years after the crimes occured. My hat is off to Cornwell for her research and writing skills. While many may still disagree with her conclusions, no one can fault her for the research and dedication to writing that she has done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/1/2014

    " A very new and interesting take on the killer. Cornwell obviously did her research. I think it would be very hard to completely prove her theory as truth since the killings were so long ago but she has valid points with good, solid support. Whatever you happen to believe, this is an intriguing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 12/7/2013

    " A very good theory on the Jack the Ripper mystery. Patricia Cornwell is very good at supplying evidence to support her theory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 12/2/2013

    " I have seen many programs about Jack the ripper & I think Patricia is the only person even close to the truth in fact I think she has it in the bag, but you will have to read it to decide for yourself! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bita | 11/22/2013

    " very long and dragged out, not what I had expected "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don Fox | 11/6/2013

    " Interesting, fairly convincing, recent research casts some doubt on, however (I believe). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesli Banner | 9/27/2013

    " This was an interesting departure because it was based on actual research and is non-fiction. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerstin | 9/20/2013

    " Super interesting! Very detailed, the facts are very solid and very disturbing. The writer of this book should have been a detective! It was very long but it was so intriguing that it was worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci | 9/9/2013

    " Very interesting subject, and fun to read all the evidence, but kind of dragged in some areas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn Wilson | 8/3/2013

    " I am actually giving up on this one now - I've tried to get into it several times, and it does seem like it's well written, but I just can't get into it. I get the general idea, and I like the fact that a book has been written like this, but I guess it just wasn't for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Meger | 3/26/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna | 12/2/2012

    " I love Patricia Cornwell! I've red (and loved) everything she's ever written and this is no exception. Excellent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Dilday | 11/22/2012

    " The last "True Crime" book I've read. EXCELLENT! There is no doubt in my mind that Patricia Cornwell solved this serial murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 9/7/2012

    " Interesting book. I had always thought that no one had any idea about the identity of London's most notorious serial killer. Apparently, that is not so. Cornwell makes many assumptions in her study, but none of them are unfounded and are all perfectly plausible. An enlightening read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xarah | 8/4/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Gregosky | 6/13/2012

    " What did I learn? I learned that Jack the Ripper was seriously mentally deranged and that no one in his time knew how to solve a case like he was putting up. Everyone investigating the case was basically an imbecile and all the evidence that was found was thusly contaminated by anything imgainable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean of the Dead | 12/29/2011

    " I'm suprised this book has gotten so many poor reviews. I have not read any of the "Scarpetta" books by Cornwell. This is the only book of hers I have read. But I think it was enjoyable and pretty convincing. I went through a true crime phase and this stood out to me. Well researched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorri | 11/14/2011

    " Cornwell presents a very interesting evidence to support her conclusion. I enjoyed it despite the gory, graphic nature of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 9/4/2011

    " Most importantly I believe that Patricia Cornwell has solved the case. Her research is stellar. However it is so comprehensive and the results so disturbing, that but I honestly found it a chore to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Stelmachlaurie | 9/4/2011

    " One of her best books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew L. | 6/9/2011

    " I got this from McKnight. I think she mostly makes a pretty solid case, but I don't like her voice or her attitude and I don't think I will be inclined to pick up her work again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 6/3/2011

    " An excellent book. A modern approach to a favorite old mystery. She has me convinced! My absolute favorite Patricia Cornwell book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kcastro | 5/27/2011

    " Cornwell has done the research and I would think people interested in Jack the Ripple should read this. However, I felt the author spent too much time telling the reader how extrememly special she is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 5/16/2011

    " Too many references back to previous books. Too much focus on Lucy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/7/2011

    " Twists and turns of plot with every new page. In addition to her storytelling talents, believable characters and plots, she keeps you up on the latest in forensic science and computer technology. This is why she is one of my favorite mystery writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 5/4/2011

    " I liked this book, but everyone was soooooooooooooo ANGRY! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marybeth | 4/29/2011

    " Although I liked the book, not sure I like the new style of writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Epic.rdr | 4/28/2011

    " A nice progession of the regular characters, but I am ready for real mystery! Starting Port Mortuary tonight! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 4/11/2011

    " Dr Scarpetta is, again, in the middle of an investigation. And again she needs to help her niece, Lucy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 4/7/2011

    " Patricia Cornwell is good but this is not one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kay | 3/28/2011

    " I read all Patricia Cornwell. This Kay Scarpetta series being my favorite. The books never disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 3/26/2011

    " Good Story but too much detail. could have told the story in about 100 pages less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samiee | 3/22/2011

    " I have been reading Kay Scarpetta books for years....... This was a nice way to wrap up things with her and Jean Baptiste "

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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 Burton is best known for her work on Broadway (Hedda Gabler, The Elephant Man, The Constant Wife, Spring Awakening) and television (Grey’s Anatomy, Empire Falls). Her films include Big Trouble in Little China, The Ice Storm, Unfaithful, and Remember Me. She can also be heard on the audiobooks Port Mortuary and The Scarpetta Factor.