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Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell
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Jun 08, 2007

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bookshelves: historical-nonfiction, biography
Recommended for: Victorian crime lovers
Read in January, 2005

I have to confess, I was 100 percent convinced by Patricia Cornwell's cleverly outlined case, which claims Walter Sickert, a very dark, disturbing German artist, is the lead suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888. I have since been told by numerous reliable sources that her argument holds very little weight. Even if this is true, it means that her storytelling skills are top-notch, even if her historical research skills are sub-par. Her confidence in the truth of her conclusions are, I think, what sold me on it.


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