Title: Dear Boss
Author: Nic Martin
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: 12th July 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: And I had not expected her to be in this way… arrayed.
Tom needs a good story to keep his job. But, when he starts to cross a line to create one, he might find that the cost is far too high.
I seriously, way too much loved the ending to this tale. There was a gruesome, horrifying sense of poetic justice to the tale and the idea that the true evil walked off into the night all alone. Which, whilst it is something I don’t often appreciate, it was something that worked brilliantly well for this storyline.
From a little back research, I’ve quickly come to understand that there are many who believe that the “Dear Boss” letters are a hoax. One made up by the newspapers of the time to capitalise on the insanity of the time. And the horror. This is the first story I’ve read which uses this as a story plot. One that is quite dark and twisty and more than a little scary. And one that I think worked beautifully well.
Not only does this short story provide what feels like a plausible background to the “Dear Boss” letters, but it also gives a hint as to why there is a bit of mystery surrounding the Ripper’s last victim. The one who some people aren’t 100% is the woman she was identified as. In this case, she may have been a poor schmucks wife instead.