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The Prostitute's Price: A Novel of Mary Jane Kelly, the Fifth Victim of Jack the Ripper

(Jack the Ripper Victims Series #5)

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A novel that beats back our assumptions about the time of Jack the Ripper. Not the grim story of an unfortunate drunken prostitute killed before her time, but one of a young woman alive with all the emotional complexity of women today. Running from a man wanting her to pay for her crimes against his brother, Mary Jane Kelly must recover a valuable hidden necklace and sell ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published September 10th 2018 by IFD Publishing (first published August 30th 2018)
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S.Ballinger
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE PROSTITUTE'S PRICE' is the fifth book by Alan M Clark about the five known victims of the faceless killer known as Jack the Ripper.

All five books are works of historical fiction, and Alan makes no attempt to solve the Ripper murders.

Just like the previous books Alan does exemplary job of giving the victim in the this case Mary Jane Kelly a voice.

Of the five victims least is known about of the life of Mary Jane but this has not stopped Alan doing a excellent job of providing the reader a
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Alessandro Mana
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jack-the-ripper
The Prostitute's Price by Alan M. Clark is really very addictive.
The story that develops around the figure of Mary Jane Kelly, the latest victim of the Jack the Ripper, keeps the reader glued to the pages of the book. Those few bibliographical elements known to us are amalgamated with elements of fiction to create a living, real, credible character. A Mary Jane Kelly like no one has ever seen before.
Love, betrayals, abuses and deceptions lead us to the fateful day when her body was found
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Madelon
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-written book is hard to put down. By the same token, a well-narrated audiobook is truly binge worthy.
Such are the books in the Jack the Ripper Victim series, by Alan M. Clark, and narrated by Alicia Rose This, the fifth book in the series, elicits a certain dread that makes it as difficult to hear as it is to stop listening. The dread comes from what anyone who has read anything about the Ripper knows of Mary Jane Kelly, the fifth and final victim in the canon. She was the youngest, and
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Jeremy Maddux
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well, I tried. I enjoyed Of Thimble and Threat, Clark's earlier excursion into this material with Jack the Ripper's unfortunate victims. But this one just never seemed to capture my interest. There's nothing essentially wrong with the way it's constructed or written. It just couldn't hold my attention for long. I can't take Victorian/Old English language seriously, no matter how romanticized it may be. It ends up looking like an autistic person speaking on the written page (to me, at least). ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 CRANKY STARS


This is a historical fiction account of Mary Jane Kelly a victim of Jack the Ripper. It seems accurate to the lifestyle of the times and was very entertaining. It showed the depth of the gap between the rich and the poor. Mary Jane Kelly was just one of many women, young and old that had only their bodies to use to earn a living. All they wanted was a life that supplied the basic of needs and allowed them to live. That wasn’t always the case, but they did what they had too to
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John Buja
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read a lot of books about Jack the Ripper. As is the case in many books about serial killers, it’s the killer rather than the victims who gets all the attention. Jack is the “hero” while his victims are cannon or knife fodder. In The Prostitute’s Price, we are told the story from the perspective of Mary Jane Kelly, Jack the Ripper’s final canonical victim. Jack himself doesn’t appear until late in the book and then as a dark background character who causes fear in the streets but really ...more
Madelon
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-written book is hard to put down. I'm not talking about the traditional page-turner, I mean a book that tells a story so well that one is trapped within the pages. Such are the books in the Jack the Ripper Victim series, by Alan M. Clark. This, the fifth book in the series, elicits a certain dread that makes it as difficult to read as it is to put down. The bad feeling comes from what anyone who has read anything about the Ripper knows of Mary Jane Kelly, the fifth and final victim in the ...more
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Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The ending of this book disappointed me. It was telling her story to a certain extent, but then it completely mugged her off at the end. She was the victim but according to this book.... I just find it highly disrespectful, though we all would wish that ending to be truth.

The story itself was interesting, engaging and easy to follow. The mile long list of characters were hard to keep up with but they each were a different sort. Mary Jane was a sweet lady, who helped her friends but at the same
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Author and illustrator, Alan M. Clark grew up in Tennessee in a house full of bones and old medical books. His awards include the World Fantasy Award and four Chesley Awards. He is the author of seventeen books, including twelve novels, a couple of novellas, four collections of fiction, some of them lavishly illustrated, and a nonfiction full-color book of his artwork. Mr. Clark's company, IFD ...more

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