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    The Ripper cut down to size.

    Bruce Robinson looks beyond the Grand Guignol trappings that usually define any work on Jack the Ripper. No lazy reliance on the well-worn vignette here - Robinson brings a relentless and incisive analytical approach to the available evidence, lending an astonishing freshness to the story that most of us know, but that very few of us fully know. It's to Robinson's credit that this reads more like a piece of contemporary crime journalism than is usual for Ripper works. Too often the events of 1888 are often at a remove from the reader, rendered through a rather cloudy perception of the Victorian era and an over-florid theatricality of style. Robinson's book never falls into this trap, and as a result the whole sorry affair has rarely felt so shockingly real. Whether you've in an interest in the Ripper or not, this astonishing work demands to be read.
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    Great Book

    It is a very large book and the author has done an amazing amount of research. There is no doubt that he has uncovered a vast swathe of 'new' evidence and his argument for who the killer is, is very convincing. For this price it is a bargain and you won;t be disappointed..reads like a thriller and is fast paced .
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    The rare rating of no stars.

    This could well be the worst book that I have ever attempted to read. I somehow completed eight chapters but can go no further. It is a rudely written raving mess of incoherent non sense mostly about masons but there are other random objects of attack. How did anyone publish it? It is the first book (I would not however describe this as a book) that I ever rated completely zero. There are some nice historical lithographs. Read at you own peril.
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