April 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

“He reached the street and sucked in the air. It filled every winding turn of his lungs with cold fire. Now at last he had the breath he needed to scream, over and over again.”

Aspiring detective Carver Young thinks his dreams have come true when he’s adopted at age 14 by Detective Hawking of the renowned Pinkerton Agency. His first case is to find out the identity of his own long-lost father, but when the clues seem to intersect with the agency’s investigation into New York’s latest, vicious serial killer, Carter is left wondering if he truly wants to get to the bottom of the mystery.

My Review:  A secret detective lair, ahead-of-their-time gadgets, an unusual mentor,  a serial killer, and the mystery of Carter’s real father combine for a great adventure through the streets of 1890s New York City.  Real-life characters like Jack the Ripper and Theodore Roosevelt (NYC Police Commissioner at the time) make it easy to get into the time period. Make sure to check out the Character & Gadget Glossary to find out who and what was real and what was the product of the author’s imagination. Ripper by Stefan Petrucha is now available at the library.



Entry filed under: book reviews, new books.

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