Author: Michael Gregorio
In: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories (Maxim Jakubowski)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Crime, Historical fiction
Dates read: 26th April 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: The same girl, standing outside a different door, under a big sign that gives the game away.
Three Kosher butchers stumble across Jack the Ripper late one night. Things don’t quite go as planned, but they definitely have something to celebrate at the end of the night.
The introduction to this story filled me with intrigue. Not because it was a great opening to a story, but it explained where the author’s origin to this story came from. Accompanied by a photo, it made this story seem all the more plausible. And one that I would almost like to imagine actually happened.
One of the suspects of the Jack the Ripper case was Jewish. Or at least, a Jewish man was suspected (even if they didn’t have a specific identity). So I kind of liked that this story featured three Jewish butchers. People who would have been suspect, and indeed, in the retelling, I wondered if they were the villains. After all, a butcher was also believed to be the culprit.
Without giving the ending of this story away, it was kind of fun. But also with a fair amount of commentary on the social and political unrest of the time. It nestled in perfectly with reality and the imaginations of an author.
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