A serial killer on the loose.
Think you know the Jack the Ripper story?
Inspector Frank Parade carries out his daily duties in Pontypridd,
duties complicated by the presence of 500 members of Buffalo Bill Cody's
touring Wild West Show, not to mention the thousands attending the show
every day. A series of depraved murders quickly makes things even more
complicated for the policeman.
Soon Frank Parade find himself on
the trail which stretches backs to London's Whitechapel killings and
Jack the Ripper. Secrets are revealed and the answer to the greatest
mystery in criminal history is answered by a British policeman and an
Gary Dobbs partners up Parade and Buffalo Bill making for an enjoyable
detecting duo. He does a fine job of bringing the famous Wild West
showman to life and his descriptions of Pontypridd, the era, and people
sparkle. I'm hoping Mr. Dobbs doesn't leave Frank Parade on the
sidelines too long because I'm betting there are more adventures in him.
Or, maybe Bill Cody -- there's an idea worth exploring -- Buffalo Bill
as a world-traveling crime-solver. The Education of a Pulp Writer
Dobbs (AKA Jack Martin) continues his string of fast paced books with
"A Policeman's Lot." Not a western per se, as are his Jack Martin books,
"Policeman's Lot" still has some of that western sensibility and it
even features Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West show on a visit to
England, Wales in particular.
The story takes place a number of
years after the Whitechapel murders but ties back to those murders in a
most interesting way. I won't give more away because the twist at the
end is original and took me well by surprise. Yet, it made perfect sense
within the storyline of the book. Mack Captures Crime
One word: Wow. This is a good book.
story begins slowly, a man's morning routine as he gets ready for duty
and faces the possibility of a busy day, but he has no idea how "busy"
it's going to get! Throw in Buffalo Bill, a Wild West show, murders that
may or may not be connected to Jack The Ripper, and you have a really
hot read. I don't want to say too much for fear of giving something
away, but it's a well-written yarn and you will get hooked right away.
It's also, for me, a nice change of pace from the modern urban
hard-boiled junk I've been digesting lately. Brian Drake