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The Lazarus Prophecy by F. G. Cottam
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The Lazarus Prophecy

by F. G. Cottam

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A spate of gruesome murders have hit London. Woman are being killed in a violent and vicious way which harks back to the work of 'Jack the Ripper' but this killers is not seen on camera, he can get through locked doors. At each scene he leaves a note in archaic languages, written in the blood of his victim. After starting with unknown prostitutes he then moves onto respected women - an actress, a doctor, a politician - and the pressure on DI Jane Sullivan to catch him increases.



I could stop there and this would be a standard police procedural but it is not at all, the book slips into a sub-Dan Brown link between a sect of monks and a prophecy about the Anti-Christ and the End of Days. Of course it's really silly, but that doesn't stop it being a really entertaining books. Suspend disbelief and go along for the ride! ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
Enjoyable book. Surprised this was written by someone associated with lad mags. Although the book had a supernatural theme it showed how easy it would be for humans to cause chaos through religious and racial hatred. Loved the atmosphere of 1880's London. Likeable characters for the most part. ( )
  scot2 | Jan 14, 2015 |
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There is a killer loose on the streets of London, one that evades security cameras, is not held by locks, and savagely mutilates his victims. When the murderer switches from unknown prostitutes to Julie Longmuir, a beautiful actress at the height of her success, no woman feels safe. As the press begin to draw uncomfortable comparisons with Jack the Ripper, Jane Sullivan, heading up the police investigation, grudgingly has to agree. But the religious writing, scrawled on the wall in Julie Longmuir's blood, is outside Jane's area of expertise. Roping in Jacob Prior, a disillusioned theologian, they attempt to pick apart the demonic delusions of this Ripper copycat. They must act quickly, as events are spiralling out of control, and Jane is next on the killer's list.Jane will be tested beyond the limits of standard police work, as the esoteric insinuates itself into the investigation. For events are linked to the clandestine Priory in the Pyrenees, the home of a secret...… (more)

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