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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Jo Flectcher
Publication date January 6, 2015
Pages 303
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781623658762
ISBN-10 1623658764
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Original list price $14.99
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "A compulsively readable story that starts as a conventional murder mystery and morphs, by degrees, into a horrifying supernatural thriller," The Guardian said of Mayhem.

A virtuoso fantasy writer, Sarah Pinborough has won numerous awards including the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. In Mayhem Pinborough turns her attention to one of the most baffling and notorious crime sprees in Victorian times.

Already frustrated in their attempts to capture serial murderer Jack the Ripper, the detectives of Scotland Yard are suddenly confronted with a new monster, dubbed the Torso Killer for his habit of leaving behind neatly wrapped parcels of his victims' body parts, minus the heads. With the terrible increase in mutilated corpses to examine, the highly regarded police surgeon Dr. Thomas Bond has lost the ability to sleep. True, a growing dependency on opium affords him some solace in his loneliest and most desperate hours, but he also fears the grip of the drug.

During Dr. Bond's nightly tours of London's underbelly in search of pharmaceutical respite from the horrors that plague him by day, he encounters a mysterious Jesuit priest scouring the opium dens himself, clearly in search of someone--or something. The doctor at first rejects the strange priest's unnatural theories about the Torso Killer as an affront to scientific thought. But over time Dr. Bond's opium-addled mind begins to crumble under the growing impression that there might be some awful truth to the Jesuit's ideas.

As the police struggle to capture two serial killers, the troubled forensics expert begins to suspect that he may actually know the Torso Killer personally. If he is right, Dr. Bond will need all the strength he can muster to save his small circle of loved ones from falling victim to the bloody depravities of this twisted creature.



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Hardcover
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from Quercus (January 14, 2014)
9781623650865 | details & prices | 303 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $24.95
from Gardners Books (April 25, 2013)
9781780871257 | details & prices | 352 pages | 7.00 × 10.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $24.85
Paperback
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from Jo Flectcher (January 6, 2015)
9781623658762 | details & prices | 303 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $14.99
About: "A compulsively readable story that starts as a conventional murder mystery and morphs, by degrees, into a horrifying supernatural thriller," The Guardian said of Mayhem.
from Gardners Books (April 25, 2013)
9781780871264 | details & prices | 352 pages | List price $21.20
About: "A compulsively readable story that starts as a conventional murder mystery and morphs, by degrees, into a horrifying supernatural thriller," The Guardian said of Mayhem.

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