Operatic diva. Femme fatale. Adventuress.
And one of the world's most intriguing detectives.
Before Caleb Carr, Anne Perry, and Laurie R. King, Carole
Nelson Douglas gave readers a delightful look into
Victoriana with one of the most impressive detective
characters: Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have
outwitted Sherlock Holmes, in "A Scandal in Bohemia." A
charismatic performer and the intellectual equal (some
would say superior) the men she encounters, Irene Adler is
as much at home with a spyglass and revolver as with haute
couture and gala balls.
And her adventures are the stuff of legend. She has faced
down sinister spies, thwarted plots against nations,
spurned a monarch and lived to reap a sweet revenge...and
now is on the hunt for one of the true monsters of all time-
Jack the Ripper. It was she who led a most unlikely group
of allies through the cellars and catacombs of 1889 Paris
in the search and capture of the suspect at a horrific
secret-cult ceremony held beneath the city. But disaster
has scattered those allies and the Ripper has again
escaped, this time from the custody of the Paris police.
Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, and Watson, to
reinvestigate the Whitechapel murders of the previous fall
from an entirely new angle.
Irene fears the Ripper will soon carve a bloody trail
elsewhere and is eager to hunt this terror down. But terror
has struck a little too close to home, for her own nearest
and dearest are mysteriously missing--her
companion/biographer, Nell Huxleigh, abducted in Paris and
her barrister husband, Godfrey Norton, vanished in the
wilds of Bohemia.
What should Irene do first? Search for Nell, Godfrey, or
the Ripper? Though Irene has many highly placed friends,
the Baron de Rothschild, Sarah Bernhardt, and the Prince of
Wales can only offer money and good will.
For the actual pursuit, Irene must rely on an unreliable
cohort, the American prostitute named Pink, who has proven
to be someone with her own agenda, and Bram Stoker, the
theatrical manager who was later to pen Dracula. The trail
will lead back to Bohemia and on to new and bloodier
atrocities before pursuers and prey reunite at a remote
castle in Transylvania, where the Ripper is cornered and
fully unveiled at last . . . a truly astounding yet
chillingly logical answer to what the world has never known
Who was Jack the Ripper?