Murders mimicking the savagery of the most infamous serial killer of all time abound in Stacy Green’s mystery/thriller, Killing Jane, which remind us that violence can surface at any time and come from the most unlikely sources.
What if Jack the Ripper was really Jane the Ripper? This new book poses this question based on a theory of a London cop from the 19th century that Jack was really a woman.
Washington D.C. police detective Erin Prince discovers, as her list of suspects are ever expanding, that this theory could have been possible. She discovers the first victim Bonnie – a stripper who did porn on the side. Erin empathizes with her since she had been a rape victim as Erin had, and she talks with Bonnie’s cousin Sarah who may also have been victimized by a pedophile.
A series of grisly murders ensues all accompanied by a note from “Jane.” Erin wonders if “Jane” is a woman or a man dressed as a woman. There are also the missing girl Mina and her teenage brother Charlie, who are crying out to Erin for help warning that Jane may harm them.
This well-crafted who-dunnit leaves you wondering who, in a colorful cast of well-developed characters, could have perpetuated these atrocities until you realize that it is, indeed, the least likely person.
Mental illness stemming from sexual abuse, LGBT and feminist issues and multiple personalities come into play here and an unexpected denoument make Killing Jane a highly entertaining read. The author is a fine writer and we hope she is in the process of writing a heart-stopping second act for Erin Prince.
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