|Before Caleb Carr and Laurie R. King, Carole Nelson Douglas gave readers a compelling look into Victoriana with a bold new detective character: Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have "outwitted" Sherlock Holmes. An operatic diva and intellectual equal (and some would say superior) to most of the men she encounters, Irene is as much at home with disguises and a revolver as with high society and haute couture.
Now Irene Adler returns, and so does Jack the Ripper! Chapel Noir picks up the hunt for Jack the Ripper after the London atrocities of autumn, 1888. In the Paris spring of 1889 a lavish World Exposition introduces the Eiffel Tower to the world and draws the day's most prominent personages. Even as celebration rules the City of Light, Irene Adler and her companions pursue history's darkest serial killer, following a savage trail of murders from the city's most elite bordellos to its lowest cellars and catacombs. The hunt will eventually reveal a shocking, utterly new suspect and motive for Jack the Ripper.