What Alice Knew: A Most Curious Tale of Henry James & Jack the Ripper
"A marvelously rich and intelligent read, atmospheric, witty, irreverent, and not least a sharply perceptive portrait of those three extraordinary Jameses." -John Banville, author of The Infinities Under Certain Circumstances, No One Is More Suited to Solving a Crime than a Woman Confined to Her... show more
"A marvelously rich and intelligent read, atmospheric, witty, irreverent, and not least a sharply perceptive portrait of those three extraordinary Jameses." -John Banville, author of The Infinities Under Certain Circumstances, No One Is More Suited to Solving a Crime than a Woman Confined to Her Bed An invalid for most her life, Alice James is quite used to people underestimating her. And she generally doesn't mind. But this time she is not about to let things alone. Yes, her brother Henry may be a famous author, and her other brother William a rising star in the new field of psychology. But when they all find themselves quite unusually involved in the chase for a most vile new murderer-one who goes by the chilling name of Jack the Ripper-Alice is certain of two things: No one could be more suited to gather evidence about the nature of the killer than her brothers. But if anyone is going to correctly examine the evidence and solve the case, it will have to be up to her. Praise for Paula Marantz Cohen "Cohen's wit is sharp, smart, and satirical, and her characterizations are vividly on target." -San Francisco Chronicle
Publish date: September 1st 2010
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Pages no: 341
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
Jack the Ripper is one of the most intriguing stories of the 19th century and one of the most written about. What Alice Knew is a broody, atmospheric novel about Jack the Ripper that lets you feel the London fog curling around you. The story revolves around Henry, William and Alice James. I knew ...
What Alice Knew is a fascinating take on Jack the Ripper's murders. It centres on three James siblings who are trying to find the murderer, each contributing their own unique view to the joint effort.In the end, as the title suggests, it is Alice, who finds the right lead to the murderer. The soluti...
There are a few things I am very curious about, and Jack The Ripper is one of them. Who was he? I'd love the answer to that, and here I at least her one suggestion. But we can't really know. In this book Jack The Ripper is terrorizing London, and Henry James is attending boring dinner parties. In Lo...
The ending was depressing. And I am seriously OD'd on Victorians now--I don't even want to THINK of the word bustle for at least a week.