JACK THE RIPPER IS DEAD, RIGHT?
DON'T BET YOUR LIFE ON IT!
Who would slash the body to shreds, then rip the face off America's foremost feminist - and hang yer out to die?
Who would take a par of twin hookers on a terror trip that made death seem innocent and sweet?
Who would turn a secluded island gathering of bright and beautiful people into a carnival of carnage?
What grim and grisly figure stood, dripping knife in hand, at the end of the most horrifying trail fo death and deception Detectives Robert DeClereq and Zinc Chanlder ever followed?
A lot of people are dying to find out.
When American feminist Brigid Marsh is found hanging dead in Vancouver with her face flayed, local Mountie Nick Craven calls in Robert de Clerq, commander of Special X, an elite division of the Mounties tackling foreign crime in Canada. Marsh's murder has the hallmarks both of Satanic ritual and serial murder and, as other grisly deaths ensue, they eerily follow a pattern established in Jolly Roger, a new paperback thriller only on the verge of publication.
As de Clerq uses the novel to trace the motivations of the group of killers back to the same demons that drove the original Jack the Ripper, a coven of mystery writers and an ex-police chief find members of their group being killed off as they try to solve the mystery on an isolated island. In his third thriller ( Headhunter ), Slade blends a classic murder mystery game with occult arcana to such an intricate degree that he may lose all but the most dedicated mystagogue. However, he does share trenchant insights into the way childhood sexual abuse and fantasy inform the development of psychopathic killers.