It’s been over one hundred years since Jack the Ripper terrorized the streets of London, yet he remains a fascinating and gruesome mystery. Who was he? What were his motives? And why did he suddenly stop? Questions like these have produced volumes of investigative books –– some even claiming to have solved the mystery–and several movies (Anyone remember this Johnny Depp film?). In his latest young adult novel, Ripper, author Stefan Petrucha mixes fact with fiction to offer up a new look at Jack the Ripper in a suspenseful blend of history and horror.
In 1895 New York, Carver Young is a fourteen year old orphan recently taken in by Detective Hawking of the renown Pinkerton Agency. Carver should be thrilled—he has a home and a means to learn detective skills alongside the very best, skills he needs if he is to find his father. Yet, home is a room inside a mental institution and the discoveries Carver is making are leading him to an unbelievable conclusion. Could Jack the Ripper be in New York? With the city reeling from the murders of high society women and Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt up in arms, Carver must decide how far he’s willing to go to learn the truth and how much he’ll risk to get it. Ripper is a fast-paced mystery filled with historical detail, new-fangled gadgetry, and the Pinkerton’s cool underground base. The clues and red herrings are numerous enough that even the best mystery reader may not guess the outcome. With a sequel hinted to at the end, here’s hoping that we won’t see the last of Carver Young and his fellow Pinkerton agents.
Now, you have the chance to take home a hard copy of Ripper for your very own! Just be the first to stop by the Young People’s Library desk, mention the blog post, and it’s yours to keep! Good luck and good reading.