[Item #6160] Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed. Patricia Cornwell.
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed

ISBN: 0399149325
New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Patricia Cornwell. "America's number-one-bestselling crime writer solves the case that has baffled experts for more than a century. Between August and November 1888, at least seven women were murdered in London's Whitechapel area. The gruesome nature of their deaths caused panic and fear in the East End for months, and gave rise to the sobriquet that was to become shorthand for a serial killer- Jack the Ripper. For over a hundred years the murders have remained among the world's greatest unsolved crimes, and a wealth of theories have been posited which have pointed the finger at royalty, a barber, a doctor, a woman and an artist. Using her formidable range of forensic and technical skills, Patricia Cornwell has applied the rigorous discipline of twenty-first-century police investigation to the extant material, and here presents the hard evidence that the perpetrator was the world-famous artist Walter Sickert. By using techniques unknown in the late Victorian age, Patricia Cornwell has exposed Sickert as the author of the infamous Ripper letters to the Metropolitan Police. Her detailed analysis of his paintings shows how his art continually depicted his horrific mutilation of his victims, and her examination of this man's birth defects, the consequent genital surgical interventions and their effects on his upbringing presents a casebook example of how a psychopathic killer is created." (front flap) A non-fiction (or should we say stranger-than-fiction?) study by Patricia Cornwell (b. 1956), the award-winning & phenomenally popular American author who usually specializes in crime-thriller fiction. Cornwell, applying the modern forensic techniques utilized by her famous character-heroes such as Kay Scarpetta, makes the case that Jack the Ripper was none other than Walter (Richard) Sickert (1860-1942), the acclaimed German-born British artist. While some critics (the Ripper case has spawned generations of obsessed scholarship & theories, much like the JFK assasination...) disagree with or contradict some of her findings & conclusion, this work is certainly quite thrilling & thoughtful, in the dynamic Cornwell style brought to bear on a real-life case- so readers should make their own assessment. Also, as noted on rear flap, Cornwell here "pays due respect" to the Ripper's poor victims, who are sometimes given only short shrift in other studies. With three sections of captioned sepia-toned historical images (some quite gruesome indeed). Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with $27.95 price & "0211") printed at front flap), first edition, first printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page. On the title page, below & overlapping with her printed name, Cornwell has hand-written her large signature in bold black felt-tip ink. A unique collectible in the Cornwell canon, in its rarest contemporary form & enriched by the author's signature. Book in very fine condition with only a touch of rubbing, sparse faint scratching to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; very slight rubbing & a few light spot-stains mostly at upper edge of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at lower corners of a few page leaves; some seepage of signature ink onto verso of title page (copyright page), otherwise substantially mint. Dust jacket very fine with only a hint of rubbing, faint scratching to front, back covers & spine; a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same & flaps. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #6160]

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