Farjeon, Clanash (pseud.)
Canada.: Trafford Publishing.. 2003.
One of the better Ripper fictions to recently hit the market. The story is told from the killer's point of view in the form of an autobiography by Dr. L. Forbes Winslow, who had a tangential involvement in the Ripper investigation in 1888 and beyond. Here, Winslow is driven by a compulsion to "see God" in the face of his murdered victims. The prose is well-executed and Victorian in style, and although occasionally the autobiographical "confession" gets sidetracked by long-winded, sanctimonious soliloquys, the book remains on course and delivers a compelling finish. Farjeon (a pseudonym) even weaves the Maybrick diary into the tale, along with "cameo" appearances by an echolaliac Joseph Barnett and many other Ripperine figures. Recommended.