N. S. Patrick




N.S. “Steve” Patrick was born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Albion College in Albion, Mich. He served as a U.S. Navy officer during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Now retired, he lives in Kenner, La., with Tango, a rescued greyhound.


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The Mysteries of Jack the Ripper

On August 31, 1888, a prostitute is murdered in Whitechapel, London, England. When Thayer Wickliff, a member of a proper gentleman’s club, hears local gossip, he begins reading the grisly details in the paper. Thayer discusses the murder with his peers and soon, a debate on the reason a man would kill in such a gruesome fashion follows.

When a more horrific murder occurs the following weekend, the newspapers sensationalize. Londoners now believe a frenzied lunatic is stalking the streets. Speculation arises that the murderer may not be mad—quite possibly, he was a solid, normally law-abiding citizen walking among them unnoticed.

At the end of the killing spree in November 1888, five prostitutes had been killed and mutilated. During this time, four members of the club had uncovered the identity of “Jack the Ripper” and knew why the murders were committed. Bound by a gentleman’s code of silence, they allow history to be left with unresolved mysteries.

Find out how a twisted series of events unfold in this unexpected and brilliant solution to an old, unsolved mystery.


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