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George gets his kicks by killing young women, then raping and mutilating their dead bodies. One of his victims is a young girl Mandy Kelly, her father is a local gangster and he is out for revenge to find the murderer of his beautiful daughter. Kate Burrows is in charge of the murder investigation,but she has feelings for Patrick.
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The review of this Book prepared by Debbie Whitechurch

A tense and dramatic thriller in which Detective Inspector Kate Burrows is on the trail of a sadistic perverted murderer known as the Grantley Ripper. The Ripper is killing young women at random and then makes the mistake of raping and brutally murdering Mandy Kelly, the daughter of London gangster Patrick Kelly. He vows revenge and so a manhunt between police and mobsters begins, though the Ripper always seems one step ahead as his victims mount up . . . and to complicate matters, Patrick Kelly becomes romantically involved with DI Burrows and bribes her bosses into gathering evidence quicker to track down the Ripper.
The review of this Book prepared by Nick Warren

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 25%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 15% Tone of story    -   very upbeat    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by dangerous boy/girlfriend/spouse

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   killer    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Eastern Europe City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)    -   dangerous    -   rude people Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   use of artificial tools    -   orgies    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity    -   homosexuals doing their thing    -   rape (yeech!) A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   dropped from large heights    -   fright    -   hanging    -   rough sex    -   run over    -   crushed    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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