Title: Boiling Point
Author: Alex Howard
In: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories (Maxim Jakubowski)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Crime, Historical fiction
Dates read: 28th April 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: The air was oppressively foetid too from poor sanitation and what smelled like the effluvia of tanneries and glue factories.
A man finds himself working alongside the most unpleasant of men. But it isn’t until he finds out about the conspiracy afoot that he begins to truly understand how unpleasant he truly is.
This retelling of the Jack the Ripper case took a more conspiracy theory ridden outlook than many others that I’ve read. It played on the idea of racism and people in power carrying these ideals. It even outlaid a future plan for the Ripper until he is stopped. A greatly different point of view in fictional retellings of the notorious butcher that I have read so far.
Normally I find conspiracies outlandish and incredibly unrealistic. This one not so much. It is actually kind of plausible and the fact that it was easily stumbled upon just made it all the more likely to understand. It made me want to read this short story again and look for small hints as to those responsible for the Jack the Ripper conspiracy.
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