Written by Steve Farrell
Published by World Audience, Inc.
Review by Tracey Skeine
Synopsis from novel:
Bowery Ripper on the Loose is a comic mystery, featuring the notorious Jack the Ripper and the hilarious Irish Clowns of the Lower East Side of New York City. Jack the Ripper, the most infamous serial killer in history, is back plying his bloody trade after a fifty year hiatus. This time Saucy Jack is on the loose on the Bowery, New York’s poorest neighborhood, in 1938. A slew of murders beneath the 3rd Street elevated train tracks has the entire city in a state of panic. Is the slaughter the work of the Communists, the Nazis, or Own Madden’s West Side Irish Mafia? When Bugs McMaster and his gang, the Irish Clowns, are rounded up as possible suspects, they decide to solve the puzzle themselves. “Bowery Ripper on the Loose” is a leap into the surrealistic world that merges comedy with murder.
This is a great throwback to the old Bowery Boys movies. When I was younger I used to watch all those old black and white movies on TV, and this book reminded me of that. It combines Jack the Ripper along with madcap capers that are too crazy to be true but because they’re fun you go along for the ride. This is actually one of the more original books I’ve read for awhile and I enjoyed it. I would definitely read more from Steve Farrell.
Tracey Skeine is graduating with her degree in English Literature in June 2012. She is currently working on her first novel set in Caesar’s Rome.