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Sure and certain death [text (large print)] / Barbara Nadel.

By: Nadel, Barbara.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Hancock series: Publisher: Rearsby : Clipper Large Print, 2009Description: 326 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781407449432 (pbk.); 1407449435 (pbk.).Subject(s): Hancock, Francis (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Large type books | World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- England -- London -- Fiction | Serial murders -- England -- London -- Fiction | Undertakers and undertaking -- England -- London -- Fiction | World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans -- Fiction | Serial murder investigation -- England -- London -- Fiction | Serial murder investigation -- Fiction | East End (London, England) -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction.Awards: Winner of the CWA Silver Dagger award.Summary: East London, 1940: Francis Hancock finds the brutally eviscerated body of a woman in a derelict house. Francis' sister, Nancy, knew the victim. Then, shockingly, two more murders follow. Rumours start to spread through the East End about another Jack the Ripper. When a fourth woman is murdered, Nancy admits that she knew all of the victims, and Francis sets out to find the killer, discovering a trail of murderous resentment that goes back decades - container.
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London, 1941: Francis Hancock finds the brutally eviscerated body of a woman in a derelict house in Plaistow. When a fourth woman is murdered, Francis' sister, Nancy, admits that she knew all of the victims. They were all White Feather Girls during the First World War. Francis sets out to find the killer.

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East London, 1940: Francis Hancock finds the brutally eviscerated body of a woman in a derelict house. Francis' sister, Nancy, knew the victim. Then, shockingly, two more murders follow. Rumours start to spread through the East End about another Jack the Ripper. When a fourth woman is murdered, Nancy admits that she knew all of the victims, and Francis sets out to find the killer, discovering a trail of murderous resentment that goes back decades - container.

Winner of the CWA Silver Dagger award.

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Set in early 1941, Nadel's unremarkable fourth Francis Hancock mystery (after 2008's Ashes to Ashes) involves yet another search for a latter-day Jack the Ripper. Hancock, a 48-year-old undertaker and Great War veteran, happens on the mutilated corpse of Nellie Martin in a ruined house in London's bomb-ravaged East End. Even before a second victim turns up, rumors swirl that the Ripper has returned, despite the half-century that has passed since the 1888 autumn of terror. Hancock eventually learns that each of the women had been a White Feather girl who confronted able-bodied men seen out of uniform during WWI and presented them with white feathers as a symbol of cowardice. He's unsettled to discover that his older sister also participated in the movement. A less than compelling whodunit plot and a hero whose torment over his war experiences appears commonplace compared to that of, say, Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge make this a routine read. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.