The Looking Glass Ripper

The Looking Glass Ripper

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'In "The Looking Glass Ripper," Gordon Finlay displays a rare mix of imagination, writing skill and deep learning to create a new and exciting twist to the enduring story of Jack the Ripper' David Hatcher Childress. The underlying theme of The Looking Glass Ripper is the eternal battle between good and evil. It is at once a crime thriller and a love story. The crime is the Jack the Ripper murders in London's East End in 1888. The love story explores one man's present day infatuation with the Ripper's last victim, Mary Kelly, and his seemingly impossible quest to save her life. The story begins in Ancient Egypt and the discovery of records from before the Flood. It ends with the discovery in the Pyrenees of a remarkable object, a sacred prize that drives Jack to kill the women of Whitechapel. Among the good are characters such as Welshman David James, Lewis Carroll, Victor Hugo, Pope Leo XIII and the Sacred Prostitutes of the Rue d'Amboise. At the opposite pole we meet a High Priest of Egypt, the King of the World, grey aliens, Spring-Heeled Jack, "Eddy," and the sinister Cabal. We also meet sensationally unexpected characters on both sides of the divide. And all the while, straddling the line between good and evil, is the mischievous and unpredictable Celtic goddess, Morrigan. The Looking Glass Ripper tells the story of the murders carried out during the Autumn of Terror in a brand new way. It is, quite simply, an extraordinary, exciting and hugely imaginative new workshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 410 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19mm | 485g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507575688
  • 9781507575680

About Gordon Finlay

Gordon Finlay is the pen name of retired British civil servant, Nigel Graddon, who lives with his wife in South Wales. He has written two WW2 history books: The Mystery of U-33: Hitler's Secret Envoy and Otto Rahn and the Quest for the Holy Grail: The Amazing Life of the Real " Indiana Jones," both published by Adventures Unlimited Press (AUP) of Illinois. The author's abiding passion is esoteric history. He has been a student of Ancient Wisdoms and the western metaphysical tradition for forty years. He first read about the Whitechapel murders in the late 1950s in "The Fifty Greatest Mysteries," a book he found at his grandmother's house in the suburbs of Birmingham. In it stood out two stories that became embedded in the fertile imagination of a seven year old: the mystery of the Mary Celeste, and an account of the murders committed in Whitechapel in the autumn of 1888 by a bogey man who became known to the world as Jack the Ripper. It was around this time also that the author discovered Lewis Carroll's enduring tales: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. He has read both books at least once a year since, each time discovering new insights that hint at the existence of separate realities. It was in the mid-nineties that the author began thinking about elements of the Whitechapel murders and of Charles Dodgson's life and work that were suggestive of rich material for an exciting and intriguing piece of fiction. The Looking Glass Ripper is the imaginative result of those early more