The Cutthroat opening line: “Medick is dead!”
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Is it possible that England’s most famous and elusive serial killer is alive? Could he be behind the murder of a young girl Isaac Bell has been tasked to find? With nearly the entire workforce of the Van Dorn Detective Agency working on this one case will Isaac find the man? Isaac is determined to solve an old case and at the same time stop a man long thought dead.
The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this.Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead. Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt which leads him into increasingly more alarming territory. Anna Pape was not alone in her fate – petite young blonde women like Anna are being murdered in cities across America.And the pattern goes beyond the physical resemblance of the victims – there are disturbing familiarities about the killings themselves that send a chill through even a man as experienced with evil as Bell. If he is right about his fears, then he is on the trail of one of the greatest monsters of his time.
I always battle to settle into the Isaac Bell books as they are set at the turn of the last Century. But as soon as I’ve got accustomed to thinking in a world view I cannot relate to the book starts to grip me. Even though this story is unlikely, it is well written and an enjoyable read.