That said I think this works as a first hand account of an obsession and how others treat someone new coming in and investigating a case and firmly announcing that their theory is the only valid one and the rest are rubbish. She cites some of the sources and her determination to prove that Sickert was indeed the Ripper. If you are looking for a story about the Ripper, this is not it. It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring in all things forensic across film, television and literature. It is really a brief prelude. I wouldn't recommend reading this unless you've already read A Portrait of a Killer.
I will say that I was impressed with this book and definitely compelled to read more. She is obviously resentful of being questioned, especially by any British Ripperologists, and is too eager to state her case as the correct one. None has ever seemed as certain as Ms. In this Kindle Single, she takes time to answer some questions surrounding her investigation and give readers a little background. I had to laugh a bit at that. Does she answer her critics in this ill advised ebook or simply defend her position? It was not to be. She claims it gave her no pleasure and that weird happenings occurred during the time she was writing her book.
I get it, criticism is hard to take, especially when you are convinced you are right, but to engage in discourse surrounding a controversial topic requires a much thicker skin. Cannot wait to dive in to her full length book! It has me hungry for the soon to be released, Cornwell book, Ripper. The egotism of it is what got me. I researched every fact and delved into as bit of sleuthing. Since the facts presented are widely disputed, and can't be considered 100% conclusive I hesitate to call it facts. I saw it happen in my own family, to a lesser crime.
I'm not sure that this review is doing it as much justice as I had hoped- just read it! Let them do their own research and publish their own books. Personally, I do not think Walter Sickert was the Ripper, but I would be more willing to read her argument, if it were a little less biased. I can't say that I've ever read any non-fiction books about The Ripper before this. Portrait of a Killer has sold 276,966 copies through Nielsen BookScan. The first book showed an excellent research model. But then says repeatedly that she's not wrong.
None has ever seemed as certain as Ms. I like her perspective and drive. Honestly, this single was the first I've read of any of her works. I used to read Patricia Cornwell's books all the time, but to be honest,I grew weary of them. I hope she finishes her work on this subject so she can move on with her life.
The author recounts some of the difficulties she had doing research on Jack the Ripper and Walter Sickert. I gather from reading this essay that this is precisely what Cornwell didn't do. She ran into difficulties that even included what some might call just plain weird coincidence. I have to admit that I know very little about the Ripper case except that it is still unsolved after more than a century and likely to remain so. This also took into account the conflicting arguments that she saw from people she talked to. She backs it up with quite a bit of evidence! Is she attempting to supplement her original book on the Ripper? She seems genuinely frustrated and weary of this case, but exhibits a strong sense of duty in leaving nothing untouched. The book became a 1 bestseller but also embroiled Cornwell in controversy as Ripperologists dismissed her claims and her credibility.
It relies extensively on the reader having read the previous work and who is planning on reading the revision. This Kindle single seems to assume the reader has already read that book, and starts by detailing how Cornwell became interested in Jack the Ripper. Her interests span outside the literary: Patricia co-founded of the Conservation Scientist Chair at the Harvard University Art Museums. I enjoyed this shortened version so much. It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring in all things forensic across film, television and literature. From the Charlotte Observer, Cornwell moved to a job with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia — a post she would later bestow upon the fictional Kay Scarpetta.
I found it educational and interesting. Frankly, this whole book sounds like a long complaint of how she has been treated and, although I am sad she feels so resentful and ill-used, this book does not help her case. In this Kindle Single, she takes time to answer some questions surrounding her investigation and give readers a little background. In this exclusive Kindle Single, Cornwell restates her case against Sickert, unveils new evidence, clarifies his motivations, and makes him human—and, along the way, explains how such a prominent cultural figure could be a notorious killer. Between the style of writing and the subject matter presented, I was sucked right in.
She questions aloud - why is she so sure? Do not know what to say. Sorry Cornwell, stick to fiction! It is a very short read at around 48 pages on the Kindle. Considering the terrible ratings the book got and the way it was pretty much savaged, I was surprised to see this Kindle Single appearing. I can understand how the case of Jack the Ripper becomes an obsession. As the title of her work details, she believes Walter Sickert was the Ripper. I thought it was going to be an investigation into Jack the Ripper, not merely a defense of an earlier book.