The Unclaimed Victim
Living decades apart, two women get caught in the web of an infamous serial killer.
In 1938, at the height of the Great Depression, a madman hunts his victims through the hobo jungles of Cleveland, terrorizing the city. Ethel Harding, a prostitute struggling to survive both the cold streets and the Torso Killer, takes refuge with a devout missionary sect—only to find that...more
I'm always thrilled when I choose a book that I think is going to be merely one thing and it turns out to be MORE! It's serendipity! That is exactly what I found with D. M. Pulley's The Unclaimed Victim. I assumed it was just a suspense novel but I found a book filled astounding historical information from one the worst eras in Midwest history: the 1930s - 50s.
Most Americans are familiar with the activity of the KKK in the southern part of the US but few realize the largest concentrati ...more
I have a thing for dual storylines so I was quite thrilled to get a story that is both sets in 1938 and in 1999. This is quite a dark story, with both women from different periods getting involved in the Torso killings. Ethel Harding lives a hard life a prostitute and ...more
“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.” – Fredrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good, and Evil, 1886
Pulley is a pro at digging up the dark secrets of the pa ...more
TW: child and spousal abuse, derogatory terms used for African Americans and Jews
I picked this up from the Read Now section of Netgalley after reading The Wife Between Us because I really hooked on mystery/thrillers after that. I was also going to read this for #arctober and I never got around to it. The cover intrigued me along with the title and ...more
Two women in two different times connected by the same gruesome murders and a gospel press building. D.M. Pulley has quickly become the master of the dual narrative. A harrowing tale intertwined with historical fact, her third thriller haunts, horrifies, and hypnotizes. Much like the building in which it is set, once you enter, you'll be racing to the exit, then banging to get back inside.
The story takes places in two different time lines, one in 1938, the other in 1999. The latter of the two was what really impressed me. Is that something that could really happen in North America, less than twenty years ago?? I went to the internet and discovered that Cleveland is in fact the fifth deadliest t ...more
A good, fast-paced story told in alternating chapters. Liked the local aspect of CLE setting. ...more
The backdrop of the story is centered around a real-life series of murders at the height of the Great Depression in 1938. The victims, a number of thirteen, were found beheaded and dismembered. Many of the victims were known as the “working poor”, those who had nowhere to go but to reside in shanty towns, the area known as the Cleveland Flats or Hobo Jungle.
This was the case that haunted Eliot Ness, famed for br ...more
Cleveland in 1938 is a rough place to be. Little work, no booze, and a notorious serial killer that keeps leaving parts of his victims, but never the whole body. The “Torso Killer” has been active for a while and continues to stump the police. Most of his victims cannot be identified because he doesn’t leave them anything to be identified with, such as a head or hands. The targets of his crimes ...more
Ethel set in 1938 and Kris in 1999 are the main characters in each setting both involved somehow in the Torso killings.
In the 1930's a killer is running loose, killing prostitutes and the homeless cutting off their body parts which names him to be the Torso Killer.
Your first are introduced to Kris Wiley who is asked ...more
I could not put this book down! From the start I was drawn in to discover more about these two female characters, one from the 1930's and the other living in 1999. The author has a gift for drawing the reader in immediately, the story is very spooky, full of twists and turns all centered upon the two main characters, Ethel and Krit, who are thrown into a web of hardships and mysteries they fight to live through all centered upon one of Cleveland 's unsolved murders, The Tor ...more
"The Dead Key" is still my favorite, and I think "Unclaimed Victim" is somewhat better than "The Buried Book" was. Plus, it is based on some historical accounts of Cleveland crime with plenty of fiction added in.
This story let's us blimps in to the past. As with other historical fiction, I am reminded of just how fortunate we are in modern day. The hardships faced by those trying to survive during the days when the Torso Killer, The Silver Shirt Legion and so many other barbaric and also economic forces were insurmountable.
A great story, well told and worth a read x
I haven't enjoyed a mystery this much in a long while. The author was skillful in weaving the happenings in the1930's together with the 1990's and she gave us plenty of possible suspects to consider. Without any spoilers, I liked the way she tied things up at the very satisfying ending. Give this one a read.