Title: His Last Victim
Author: K.G. Anderson
In: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories (Maxim Jakubowski)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Crime, Historical fiction, LGBTQI
Dates read: 31st July 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: After all, his brother, a member of my dressing club, was the friend who’d told me about the opening with Scotland Yard five years ago.
The police really want to catch the Ripper, and one man decides to embrace his secret side to do so. But, at what cost?
I really wasn’t expecting a tale of a cross-dresser in a collection of Jack the Ripper stories. Like, at all. Although, to be fair, I rarely expect to come across such a tale, so when you’re reading about historical fiction and retakes on a notorious serial killer… there isn’t much that could be farther from my mind.
I enjoyed the idea of a man dressing as a woman to try and catch one of the worlds’ most notorious serial killers. The fact that the man who stops it all is also one of this ilk and grouping just made it all the more fun. Actually, I thought that this could have been a much longer story with many more nuances. Or maybe it’s just my need to read stories which feature trans and cross dressing individuals in a positive light…
The happily ever after in this tale was kind of perfect. Not only was the Ripper stopped, but the narrator also found himself in a moment of happily ever after with an understanding wife. And, everyone who had been a part of the capture of the villain was mentioned in the final words, letting you know that they all lived long and prospered.