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3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,734 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King.

Whitechapel, November 1888: Jack the Ripper is committing his last known murder and beneath the bed on which he's butchering his victim cowers a fifteen-year-old boy. So begin the adventures of Trevor Bentley: a boy who embarked on an errand of mercy and ended up on a quest for vengeance, a boy who will bring th
Paperback, 437 pages
Published September 16th 1993 by Headline Feature (first published January 1st 1993)
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Sep 10, 2008 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Trevor just won't give up... first he's off to fetch his uncle who's a Constable, to take care of a minor domestic dispute... along the way he's attacked, then runs smack into Jack the Ripper... doing what any good 15 year old would do he confronts the mysterious Ripper to save the girl... and ends up in a cross global adventure that puts Tom Sawyer on crack to shame.

When reading this I knew what Laymon was doing right from the beginning... he was writing his version of Tom Sawyer. Unfortunatel
Adam Light
Quite a good adventure/horror romp for Laymon.
I put off reading this one for a while, after hearing it was one of his lesser efforts. I got invited to do a buddy read, though, and so I figured what the hell?
I really loved the beginning; it was fun (and often laughable) to read the story as written from a British fifteen year old boy's perspective. Everything was "bully" or gave the narrator the "fantods". Really, it was fun reading.
Then the adventures that ensued for young Trevor after running a
Matt Garcia
Apr 19, 2015 Matt Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good novel that mixes the horror genre with an adventure and western story. Solidly fleshed out characters, thrilling scenes and a chase to the finish to find an infamous killer. Jack the Ripper is just one of the numerous characters that Laymon implements in the story and he serves as a mere backdrop in a large part of the novel. Not as gruesome as some of the other Laymon novels I've read. More about the storyline and less splatterpunk aspects to it. I enjoy either though and Laymon did a ...more
This is the first book by Richard Laymon I have read. I am on the lookout for more. I stumbled across this title in a search for historical fiction about Jack the Ripper. Jack certainly plays a key role in the story but the protagonist and main character, Trevor Wellington Bentley, stole my heart.
Trevor is a 15-year old living in London with his mother when his path crosses with the Ripper. In his attempt to escape the Ripper's knife, he jumps into the Thames and swims to a yacht anchored nearby
Mar 17, 2011 Ed rated it did not like it
I picked this up for $1.99 in a book bin. While the original premise seemed promising, the story is too long. This might have made a good teen read if not for the sex and violence. As it is written, it is not appropriate for young readers, and rather tedious for adult readers. This struck me as an idea for a screen play that did not sell. I got tired of young Trevor halfway across the Atlantic.
Dec 10, 2010 Richard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern, fiction
You would think a book about Jack the Ripper meets the old west would be great. so much. The idea of this was great. The execution not so much. This was such a mediocre book for me. Oh well... I did finish it and I think that was only because there were some exciting parts interspersed throughout, but not enough to give it more than 2 stars. It also had this whole picaresque romance novel aspect to it which was very off putting. The narrator was also very annoying and the ending even ...more
Greg Dunne
Jul 21, 2011 Greg Dunne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
I just finnished this book today, this has been my first Richard Laymon book but to be honest I also havent read many other books either, after a family member giving me this book to read I can honestly see myself reading alot more books now!

I loved this story and I could not put it down, I unlike others here though enjoyed the western part too and my heart nearly stopped when young Trevor got pushed off the train! What about Sarah?!? I could not wait to see what happened at the end this book ke
Nov 11, 2010 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Laymon has an unmistakable style and it's not for those whose delicate sensibilities are easily offended. But if you like your horror fun and sexy and super fast paced, his books are a must. Savage is historical fiction and as such is a bit of a departure for the author, but it is definitely a Laymon book. It's an adventure about a 16 year old boy tracking down a certain English serial killer across two continents and an ocean. Ripping good time...mwaahahhhahha
Ashley James
Jul 10, 2015 Ashley James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: richard-laymon
Richard laymon stake on Jack the Ripper I would of thought it not possible to enjoy a Jack the Ripper story as much I love the fact that no one is safe as laymon kills main characters off for fun I like how the story moves from England to USA and becomes part western which keep the story fresh this is one of my favourite books
Sonya Higgd
Jul 21, 2011 Sonya Higgd rated it really liked it
I have always been fascinated by Jack the Ripper and the reason he stopped killing so abruptly. I enjoyed Laymons' take on him travelling overseas. I enjoyed this book even though it isn't horror but more of an adventure which our young Trevor took us on.
Aug 09, 2007 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
My favorite Laymon book!

I just read this novel again (a rare thing for me) and it definitely stands up to my 5 star rating. Second time thru and I couldn't put it down. It has to be one of my favorite books of all time.
Sep 05, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Overall - 5 stars
Story - 4.5 stars
Narration - 5 stars

This audio book was a surprise! If you've read Richard Layman you'd expect ghoulish gore and gratuitous sex, but this book was different. I consider this to be, probably, his second best book next to The Traveling Vampire Show .

Instead of being a horrorshow book, it's an adventure. And quite a good one, too. It does have some gory moments; after all, it is centered around a fifteen year old boy's quest to hunt down Jack the Ripper, but it's mo
Ben Loory
Sep 02, 2011 Ben Loory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
in my mind richard laymon is a genius, but man, he wrote some shitty books.
Kathy Jackson
May 02, 2012 Kathy Jackson rated it it was ok
I have to say I was pretty excited about this book. I have long enjoyed the mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper – finding it curious that he was never found though I have long subscribed to the idea that he must have died in a traffic accident.

Unfortunately, this book was not as good as I had hoped – in many places I found it downright boring as hell. I could relate to the boy to some degree – he felt responsible for many things that Jack did and took it upon himself to make sure the Ripper paid
Aug 09, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Classic Laymon!

Another disturbed story from the imagination of Richard Laymon. Savage is a tale that will take you from London to Tombstone in the late 1880s. It follows Trevor, a young 15 year old, through the streets of Whitechapel, London on the trail of the infamous Jack the Ripper. Trevor having been present, during the brutal murder & dismemberment of Mary Kelly, hidden under her bed, he goes unnoticed by the killer. Once out on the streets he decides that he must put an end to the mur
Kathy Taylor
Sep 23, 2015 Kathy Taylor rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-books
I was hoping for a good gore-fest story about Jack the Ripper, what I got instead was a story about Trevor that had bits of Jack the Ripper in it.

I gave this book 2 stars for what he DID write about Mr. Ripper. He included the actual murders, theories about his identity, and the theory of Mr. Ripper making his way to America. Richard Laymon writing about the killings were very descriptive and downright sickening. I could easily picture them in my head. His overall writing did make this a book I
May 29, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it
Surprisingly this wasn't horrible like the last two books I've read by Richard Laymon. (Friday Night in Beast House & The Woods Are Dark) This was almost like it was written by a different person, there were no explicit sex scenes like there were in his other works and I wouldn't call this a horror story, more of an adventure. The refrences of Tom Sawyer didn't bother me a bit like it seemed to do with most other readers. After all, he was still a child when he started out on this "adventure ...more
Red Heaven
Jul 06, 2014 Red Heaven rated it liked it
I was very optimistic about this book going in, even though I've found Laymon to be uneven in the efforts I had read to date.

But a horror novel about Jack the Ripper - where could it go wrong?

Well let's start with Trevor, the 15 year old British protagonist and narrator who often says things ("I figured") that hardly any British person, then or now, says. Laymon overcompensates with having the kid tell us that he feels "bully" every five or ten pages, it seems. Is this the limit to Laymon's know
Sep 20, 2009 Adam rated it liked it
I was expecting more Jack the Ripper and less Richard Laymon's western magnum opus. While this novel wasn't bad by any means, it was just disappointing. I was really hoping that this would be Richard Laymon's sick, twisted take on the Ripper murders, and while there is a little bit of that, literally 80% of the novel doesn't involve the Ripper at all, but rather the protagonist's adventurous jaunts through the lawless Arizona territory of the late 19th century.
May 26, 2014 Steven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: richard-laymon
Totally awesome!! First, don't go into this read expecting a total "horror" novel cause it has horror in it but Laymon went all out with this title and gave the reader, thankfully "me", so much more of an experience. My wife read this too and was bored for days after finishing. She said nothing on TV was as fun to watch as Savage was so fun to read.
David Church
Jul 24, 2013 David Church rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
By far one of my favorite Laymon books. I loved this story, it was as if Laymon was possessed by the spirit of Mark Twain when he wrote this tale. Who would have thought a Mark Twainan twist on Jack the Ripper could be so good. Loved the characters so much that I didn’t want the story to end.
Cindi Moss
Jul 02, 2011 Cindi Moss rated it really liked it
This was among the last books of Mr Laymon's that I read. I didn't know that I'd really care to read a fiction about Jack the Ripper. But, I was very impressed, to be honest. It was well written, well thought out, and brought up some interesting conversation!
Stuart Colebrook
As far as schlocky horror goes, I'm generally a fan of Richard Laymon, and this was pretty true to form but with a basic concept that could have been great - a middle class kid from Victorian London pursues Jack The Ripper through the Wild West. It was all pretty predictable, as usual, but entertaining throughout, as usual. My one major gripe was the dialogue, which seems to be the downfall of most major horror writers. In this case what bothered me was the use of slang - the diction, locution a ...more
Jan 31, 2010 Linds rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I had purchased this book expecting a horror novel about Jack the Ripper. Although the Ripper does figure in the story this is a completely different twist. More adventure than horror
Jul 18, 2011 Winter rated it did not like it
I only read the first few chapters of this book, I couldn't get into it at all and I have enjoyed other Laymon books.
Tonya Eckert
Feb 11, 2008 Tonya Eckert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I loved this book, I didn't want to put it down. One of the best books I've read in awhile!!!
Jul 12, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
this guy was one sick puppy - pure genius ! loved it !
May 08, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed the read. The book was based loosely off the story of Jack the Ripper. The story begins in London and the adventure concludes in America. When Trevor goes in search of his uncle, who is a constable, to help mediate a domestic violence situation, things go south rather quickly. Trevor, who is only 15 years old, stumbles upon a most harrowing adventure. He quickly discovers the identity of Jack the Ripper and stops at nothing to ...more
Nov 25, 2015 Elusive rated it liked it
Shelves: review
In ‘Savage’, young Trevor gets more than he bargained for when he looks for his uncle but he ends up meeting the dangerous Jack the Ripper. As he runs for his life with Jack hot on his trail, he also learns plenty of things along the way and discovers romance.

‘Savage’ is unlike most of Richard Laymon’s books as it combines adventure with horror and the former took precedence. Having devoured many of Laymon’s books, I was pleasantly surprised by the immense difference offered by this one which sh
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Richard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California. He earned a BA in English Literature from Willamette University, Oregon and an MA from Loyola University, Los Angeles. He worked as a schoolteacher, a librarian, and a report writer for a law firm, and was the author of more than thirty acclaimed novels.

He also published more than sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery Queen,
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