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Whitechapel, 1888; Jack the Ripper is committing his last known act of butchery in the hovel occupied by the luckless harlot Mary Kelly. And beneath the bed on which the fiend is cheerfully eviscerating his victim cowers a 15-year-old boy. This is just the start of an extraordinary adventure.
Paperback, 437 pages
Published September 16th 1993 by Headline Feature (first published January 1st 1993)
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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...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...more
Greg Dunne
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...more
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
Sonya Higgd
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.
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.
Kathy Jackson
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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.
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.
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.
Cindi Moss
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!
Ashley James
Loved this book and love Richard Laymon by far my favourite author, his books draw you in from the fiorst page which is vital for me. Love the fact that characters come and go so much it keeps things fresh. I love everything I have read of Laymons.
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
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
I loved this book, I didn't want to put it down. One of the best books I've read in awhile!!!
Ben Loory
in my mind richard laymon is a genius, but man, he wrote some shitty books.
this guy was one sick puppy - pure genius ! loved 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
Josh Griswell
Not a bad story, but like some other reviewers commented on, the Tom Sawyer vibe can't really be ignored and to me distracts from what would otherwise be a better story. In fact, I felt some of the best moments of the story were when the author focuses on Jack-the-Ripper (though the nose thing was a little corny).

Too much stuff is mentioned and then forgotten later in the story and it seemed like whenever Laymon gets a good head of steam going with a plot line he forgets about it and switches g...more
Joe Stamber
Savage is seen through the eyes of Trevor, a 15 year old boy who lives with his mother in London during the time of Jack the Ripper. Through a chance encounter, Trevor becomes embroiled in the Ripper's life which takes both of them to America. Trevor is a pretty tough and resourceful lad and makes a good narrator, although Laymon is a little sloppy at times with the London boy using American slang (gotten, for example, grrr!). Laymon also shoe horns "actually" at the start of most of Trevor's di...more
Tja, nach einem geschlagenen Monat bin ich das Teil auch mal durch... Ich habe ja viel von Herrn Laymon gehört und er wurde teils auch gepriesen, aber jetzt nach dem Buch frage ich mich, ob ich mich einfach vergriffen hab oder er allgemein nichts für mich ist.
London, November 1888. Jack the Ripper, der grausamste Serienkiller der Epoche, versetzt die Stadt in Angst und Schrecken. Der sechzehnjährige Trevor wird Zeuge einer seiner entsetzlichen Bluttaten und kann ihm nur mit knap...more
What happened to Jack the Ripper after he killed his last known victim, Mary Kelly, in 1888? Many books and films have explored this question, along with his true identity. Richard Laymon's account here won't be listed in the credible pile. It is pure fiction, but pure Laymon. In this book, 15 year old Trevor Bentley ends up hiding from trouble in Whitechapel, under the bed of Mary Kelly and ends up stuck when Jack the Ripper comes back with Mary and mutilates her on the bed. Trevor finds courag...more
based in 1888, Trevor is a 15-year-old boy who finds himself dragged into the horrific path of jack the ripper. His journey pulls him from Whitechapel where the murders began, across the sea to the new world where the murders continue. When he finds himself witnessing the horrific and disturbingly graphic death of young prostitute mary Kelly, instead of running for the hills to save his own life, Trevor sets off on a horrifying journey to find the ripper and bring him to justice.

When I first saw...more
Ashton Barnes
Review: Oh man, where do I begin this book. Is like a mix between an horror novel, and an adventure novel, and a western all rolled into one book. The book in my mind is written perfectly it has short chapters which are nice. It's paced beautifully. It's a very fast paced read. Man some of the gore described in this book is pretty bad. From England to the Seas to the wild west you read this book you're in for a ride. I will say that this book isn't nearly as extreme as Richard Laymons The Island...more
This is only the second Richard Laymon novel I've read, and I didn't enjoy it half as much as Body Rides. It was very interesting at the beginning, but after the characters reach America, it's pretty dull. Too much travelling and too little Whittle. I feel like the focus was lost a bit. Cowboys and trains and a woman etc etc but yeah. Meh. Needs more Whittle. The 'Final Showdown' wasn't even very exciting and lasted only one chapter! Richard Laymon likes his 'Happy Endings' which makes for a bor...more
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Richard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California. He earned a BA in English Literature from Willamette, and an MA from Loyola University. 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, Alfred Hitchcock, and Cavalier,...more
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