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Old November 25th, 2015, 04:19 PM   #1
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Default Chris Fowler On Why Jack The Ripper Drives Men Mad

http://www.christopherfowler.co.uk/b...sends-men-mad/

Essentially, its Fowler's take on the Bruce Robinson book.
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Old November 26th, 2015, 12:50 AM   #2
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Here's another review,

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/...24-gl5s5z.html
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Old November 26th, 2015, 12:01 PM   #3
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http://www.christopherfowler.co.uk/b...sends-men-mad/

Essentially, its Fowler's take on the Bruce Robinson book.
Mr. Fowler writes --

"Another good way to go mad is to get involved in Ripperology. Fourteen years ago, crime novelist Patricia Cornwell published ‘Portrait Of A Killer: Jack The Ripper – Case Closed’, naming the great English painter Walter Sickert as the Ripper. She spent $2 million on research, bought 32 of Sickert’s paintings and cut one of them into pieces in the vain hope of finding a clue. Poor Patricia had gone barking mad and the book all but destroyed her reputation."

Surely an exaggeration. Ms. Cornwell appears to continue to do very well, thank you very much. She has just published a new Scarpetta novel and has survived her brush with Ripperology.
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Quite right Chris, she doing very nicely, although I did read an article in which she said the reaction to the book gave her a good deal of mental grief.

She's put out a mini Kindle preview of her updated Ripper book which, even though I still find unpersuasive, is written in a much more reasonable tone.
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