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Tylish fictionalized story of the notorious killer Jack the Ripper with one of the ultimate investigators in fiction Sherlock Holmes As expected it s not for the faint of heart but the book reads smoothly and carries the reader into the world of Dr Watson and his relationship with the aging Sherlock Holmes The horrific nature of the crimes returns the lovehate relationship of Holmes with law enforcement officials The story carries beyond the investigation by Watson s narrative of the lives of those involved and the ultimate destination of Sherlock Holmes revealing the people that affected his life the most This is an excellent book for horror genre Sherlock Holmes fans or mystery fans that can handle the graphics Congratulations five stars Where to beginHaving previously read some immensely enjoyable stories of Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper I was looking forward to delving into et another imagining of what Holmes would do had he the opportunity to consult on such a case Unfortunately this story proved to be a great disappointment as well as a source of anger and frustration In fact I think this is the worst Holmes pastiche I ve ever read seriously The biggest injustice of this book is the absolute character assassination of every canonical person involved Holmes and Watson seem to despise each other Watson is so far from the gentleman any Sherlockian would know him to be to the point of being what I would call vulgar and Holmes treats Watson so despicably that I don t even know why Watson stays around other than he thinks it s his duty as a doctor to take care of him Lestrade is a drunk who would never have been able to keep his job in such a state But the final road apple on this mud pie of a story is the actions of Irene and Watson after their misadventure go belly up No just no It isn t even a historically accurate novel about Jack the Ripper which it claims to be and it s so full of Americanisms that it isn t even historically accurate to Victorian London I found the plot itself terribly unremarkable and forgettable but that might have been because I was too blind with rage over everything else Disclaimer I bailed at page 62I m not a sueamish reader I can handle blood violence and gore as long as it s backed up by good writing and a decent plot Sorry to say this book had none of those ualities IMO Overly repetitive foul language trite writing and what I consider a character assassination of my beloved fictional sleuth Sherlock HolmesIf ou re a fan of horror I would suggest Let the Right One In as a superior alternative to this A Mea Culpa to my GR friend BarbI m sorry ou spent the money to mail this to me I ow Whitechapel The Last Stand of Sherlock Holmes is simply a masterpiece although it is not a typical Holmes novel Bernard Schaffer spins a dark terrifying tale of a serial killer how he developed his insatiable desire and how it eventually destroys him The story is. A ritualistic serial killer is slaughtering women The police are baffled the media is in a frenzy and people the world over are captivated by the fiend known as Jack the RipperOnly a short distance away the Great Detective has succumbed to an addiction to morphine and cocaine His faithful friend Dr John Watson and Irene Adler will venture into Whitechapel alone to try and lure the Ripper out of hiding using themselves as.
Told from the different points of view of the killer the victims and those who are trying to stop the rampageand those who encourage it Although the story is told through several points of view the primary characters are the killer Montague Druitt and Dr Watson Schaffer takes us on Druitt s twisted psychological journey to satisfy his addiction to murder It not a journey for the weak of mind or stomach for it is gruesome and sick right from the beginning But then that is how monsters such as Druitt come to being and Schaffer lays out this process so we can understand While Druitt is a monster the reader may have some sympathy for him because he comes to know he is a monster and his murderous deeds are eating him alive He doesn t understand why he has to kill and kill in such a repulsive way but we learn why and understand fate was against him Watson is thrust into the unfamiliar role of conducting the investigation without Holmes as Holmes has become a shell of his former self incapacitated by his addiction to cocaine Watson joins forces with the beautiful and engaging Irene Adler Schaffer plays Adler s free spirit against Watson s formality as he develops their relationship Together they go undercover in an attempt to lure the killer to attack Irene with near disastrous results Although Watson is engaged to his beloved Mary he cannot help but to be taken by Irene We also see the story through the eyes of Inspector Gerard Lestrade and other officers investigating the murders Through their eyes we learn that there is never just one victim in a homicide Inevitably the police officers investigating a homicide become victims also Their families also often suffer In the end Holmes comes back to solve the mystery but he cannot undo the carnage and the collateral damage In fact Holmes cannot even affect the capture of Druitt The end of this book leaves the reader unsettled and provoked into thought on one hand and satisfied on the othera sure sign of a great book Schaffer uses the Sherlock Holmes mystiue as a vehicle to tell a much different kind of story His talent is evident as he masterfully develops his characters and weaves them into the many levels of this book I am anxious to read his next offering Hmm if this book was only about Jack the Ripper I think it could have been so good I really enjoyed those chapters But I hated the way the author portrayed Holmes Watson and Lestrade Wouldn t recommend to any Sherlock fans 2 for the Ripper scenes I was intrigued when I saw this book listed on Goodreads First Reads and somewhat excited when the copy I won arrived The unremarkable cover hid the excitement insideThis is a well told version of the Jack the Ripper tale fictionalized but well based in known facts written with an eye to the Victorian era as told in the Sherlock Holmes tales of Conan Doyle Fans of Conan Doyle s mythic detective should beware though this is not the Sherlock Holmes Bait As darkness threatens to consume all of London her greatest champion the immortal Sherlock Holmes will rise one final time to defend her WHITECHAPEL THE FINAL STAND OF SHERLOCK HOLMES combines the actual events of the investigation into Jack the Ripper's crimes with the canon of Arthur Conan Doyle Historically accurate graphic and bold This is Sherlock Holmes as ou've never seen him and will never be able to forge.
This is the vilest piece of stuff that I had the misfortune to read in some time It is utter rubbish on the following counts 1 Mere usage of two creatures named Sherlock Holmes Watson does not make a book a pastiche The author should be hauled up for plain simple charatcer assassination by any Sherlockian2 Even as a Ripper novel the book fails utterly The research is shoddy if not non existent and even the descriptions do not tally with the reality for that I would recommend readers to go through books by Philip Sugden and other scholars3 Sherlock Holme a cocaine addict as a theme has been done to death So has been done with Druitt and all other charatcers whose names had cropped up during the investigations into the killing I really want to get this one and read it It sounds so good I am just so backloggedSomeday1111 I am not an ACD elitist I enjoy Sherlock Holmes in all of his varied forms and stories and Whitechapel was a great read in my opinion I m a reader who wants to be entertained and this story had it Mystery violence heartache I devoured this book in one sitting couldn t put it down The characters were so real to me they even eclipsed the characters I had built up in my mind after watching Sherlock on the BBC and reading ACD collections all winter Schaffer made the characters his own and made them very human The book was graphic in places but the Ripper was a monster and his crimes shouldn t be whitewashed in order not to offend a certain readership In the beginning I felt as if I were reading two separate books and wondered howif they were ever going to merge in to a cohesive unit and then POW They did and the story just never slowed downI enjoyed the newold British slang I picked up along the way tooI m going to recommend this to the Sherlock group I m a part of and to anyone else looking for a fast paced mystery that has heart I won t say much in the way of spoilers here and maybe I m a sentimental old fool but I m not going to lie was moved to tears in several places I was really looking forward to this novel I thought it sounded great The back cover says Whitechapel the final stand of Sherlock Holmes combines the actual events of the investigation into Jack the Ripper s crimes with the canon of Arthur Conan Doyle Historically accurate graphic and bold This is Sherlock Holmes as ou ve never seen him and will never be able to forget I have to agree with much of that description unfortunately it wasn t at all what I imagined It was certainly graphic and bold so much so that it completely turned me off the blood guts and gore was over the top Generally I like filth and grit especially rats and plague But this story was not my cup of tea and I only made it to page forty before realizing that it wasn t worth spending any of my time on It wasn t going to be something that I would enjoy I m not sure who would enjoy th Author Bernard Schaffer hits it out of the park with a This is the Gentlemen's Edition of Bernard J Schaffer's shocking novel WHITECHAPEL THE FINAL STAND OF SHERLOCK HOLMES Edited to remove the profanity and gore of the original it is designed for sensitive readers who still want to enjoy a realistic portrayal of the Jack the Ripper events and a startling new rendition of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic charactersGood and Evil are about to collide In London's infamous East End.