One genius criminal profiler. One ruthless, streetwise cop. Both will need all their wits to capture the most notorious killer of all time.
New York, 1891. A prostitute is found brutally murdered. The victim bears the same hallmarks as a notorious recent killing spree in England.
Could it be that killer has crossed the Atlantic to fresh killing grounds? Or is this simply a copycat murder? Fear spreads through a city already rife with cut-throat gangs, corruption and vice.
Aristocratic English pathologist, Finley Jameson, is teamed up with Joseph Argenti, a streetwise New York cop, to solve the case. But as the body-count rises and the killer taunts his pursuers in open letters, Jameson & Argenti find themselves fighting not just to prevent yet more victims, but also to save the city’s very soul.
The first in a series of hard-boiled New York Victorian mysteries, featuring Finley Jameson & Joseph Argenti.
If Arthur Conan Doyle had been asked to write a sequel to Gangs of New York, then this would be it.
Cover Art: Steven Meyer-Rassow
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The First Jameson and Argenti Investigation
Date: 3rd October 2013
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
Date: 24th September 2013
Format: Large (Trade) Paperback
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Date: 24th September 2013
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Praise and Reviews:
“If you’re interested in historical crime, whether fact or fiction, then John Matthews has produced a book with a fantastic conceit. The Jack the Ripper case was never solved. The murders of prostitutes in Victorian London’s East End just stopped and many thought that either the Ripper’s mania had left him, or he was dead. But what if he left the country? And what if he started again?”
- Crime Fiction Lover
“Letters From a Murderer was a compelling read with two fabulous lead investigators, who I hope we’ll get to see much more of in the future. Matthews tells a great story laced with pathos and unexpected twists, which I just couldn’t put down. It was an exciting and gripping narrative, which elaborates on the Jack the Ripper mystery in a novel way. If you enjoy historical crime fiction, this is the book to put on your Christmas wish list this year.”
- A Fantastical Librarian
“A thrilling tale of murder, corruption and trust, Letters From a Murderer is an exciting and captivating read and entirely unputdownable.”
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Praise and Reviews for John Matthews’ previous novels:
“Matthews maintains the suspense… an engrossing odyssey into the seamy side of a world that is so near, yet sometimes seems so far. Compulsive reading.”
- The Times on Past Imperfect
“With Past Imperfect, Matthews shows that he is already a novelist of real accomplishment.”
- Barry Forshaw on Past Imperfect
“Matthews certainly knows how to keep the reader hungry for the next revelation.”
- Kirkus Reviews on Ascension Day
“Ascension Day is like a narcotic, paced with danger, and totally addictive. Impossible to put down. This is what thrillers are meant to be.”
- Jon Jordan, Crime Spree magazine, on Ascension Day
“Goes to the wire… a gripping thriller.”
- The Scotsman on Ascension Day