"I love breaking the rules." - Cardiff Jack.
Someone was murdering prostitutes, placing their bodies in the Bay and covering them with roses. To the media, he was 'Cardiff Jack', to the rest of us he was a man to avoid and fear.
Meanwhile, I was searching for Faye Collister, a prostitute. Why was Faye, a beautiful woman from a privileged background, walking the streets? Why had she disappeared? And what was her connection to Cardiff Jack?
As questions tumbled into answers, I made a shocking discovery, a discovery that would resonate with me for the rest of my days.
Ripper - the story of a week in my life that reshaped the past, disturbed the present and brought the promise of an uncertain future.
An engrossing read I just couldn't put down. Private Investigator Sam is asked to find the missing friend of a woman so down on her luck that she must go on the game to pay her bills. The friend, Faye, is in a different category, having chosen to be a call girl, despite coming from a rich background. Sam shows her compassion by taking on the case pro bono, despite the risk to herself investigating on such turf as there is a serial killer of prostitutes on the loose. The killer strikes close to home when he gets Sam's client.
What makes this book stand well above the rest of detective thrillers is the attention to the little details that makes everything so real. Sam wears a skirt in the first few pages, immediately identifying her as a woman. Alan, Sam's fiancee, a psychologist, gives a clear profile of a serial killer and in the process I learned a nicety in definition of two different types of mental problems that had previously seemed similar to me.
I love that Sam is not a perfect person and has a past of varying sorts of abuse piled on her, not to mention a missing father she has never seen and doesn't know anything about. This makes her a rounded and very real character and shows where her choices come from. Yes, she has a hard edge, but also a very deep empathy for others. This is a character to follow and I note there are other books with her. Wonderful read!