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- DescriptionIn The Ripper Code , Thomas Toughill, the author of the masterly Oscar Slater, The Immortal case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , applies his detective skills to the greatest mystery in British Crimilogy, the identity of Jack the Ripper. The result is a book which is as original as it is enthralling. Toughill suggests that Jack the Ripper was a former 'friend' of Oscar Wilde and that Wilde dropped hints about this in several of his works, most tably The Picture of Dorian Gray , which Wilde wrote in 1889, the year after the Ripper murders took place. In fascinating detail, the author argues that Wilde's story, that of a privileged man whose life of vice in the East End of London turns him into a murderer, is in fact a coded message about the Ripper's identity. However, The Ripper Code is t just a fascinating voyage through the writings of Oscar Wilde and others. It is also a striking example of original detective work.Here, as in his previous books, Toughill unveils stunning evidence from a hitherto untapped source and uses it to devastating effect in arguing his case. Jack the Ripper apart, Toughill's research into Oscar Wilde will force a major reappraisal of that most charismatic of writers. Wilde boasted that he enjoyed 'feasting with panthers'. Here is a fresh insight into what he meant.
- Author BiographyThomas Toughill is also the author of 'Oscar Slater: The Immortal Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle'. He lives in Gibraltar. He cohosted the recent BBC4 programme 'Conan Doyle for the Defence'.
- Author(s)Thomas Toughill
- PublisherThe History Press Ltd
- Date of Publication01/01/2008
- SubjectTrue Crime
- Place of PublicationStroud
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSutton Publishing Ltd
- Content Note16 b/w illustrations
- Weight400 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine10 mm
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