You thought you knew him. You were dead wrong.
Carver Young dreams of becoming a detective, despite growing up in an orphanage with only crime novels to encourage him. But when he is adopted by Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency, Carver is given not only the chance to find his biological father, he finds himself smack in the middle of a real life investigation: tracking down a vicious serial killer who has thrown New York City into utter panic. When the case begins to unfold, however, it's worse than he could have ever imagined, and his loyalty to Mr. Hawking and the Pinkertons comes into question. As the body count rises and the investigation becomes dire, Carver must decide where his true loyalty lies. Full of whip-smart dialogue, kid-friendly gadgets, and featuring a then New York City Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt, Ripper challenges everything you thought you knew about the world's most famous serial killer.
"The whole novel is an innovative approach to historical events and finally gives a name and a face to one of the most notorious murderers of all time. Teens and adults alike will find this a fascinating and exciting story." - VOYA
"Petrucha's story hits the ground running and doesn't let up..." Publisher's Weekly
"...a well-crafted romp through yesteryear's New York and an enticing companion for it." Kirkus Reviews
"A roaringly good adventure." Booklist
"This exhilarating, history-bending, nonstop action story crowded with mind puzzles, chases, fight scenes, and intricate plot twists will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page's final revelation." Horn Book
“Pacing is smooth, blending coming-of-age with mystery and action. [A] well-crafted romp through yesteryear’s New York.”
“This exhilarating, history-bending, nonstop action story crowded with mind puzzles, chases, fight scenes, and intricate plot twists will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page’s final revelation.”
“Plenty of action and suspense to keeps teens reading.”
“A rollicking story full of cannot-put-it down twists and turns.”
Stefan Petrucha (petrucha.com) lives in Western Massachusetts, with his wife and daughters.