Over at SF Signal, Ross Lockhart (managing editor at Night Shade Books and editor of the mammoth The Book of Cthulhu) listed Of Thimble and Threat: The Life of a Ripper Victim by Alan M. Clark among his favorite books of the year. Here’s what Ross had to say:
I cracked into Alan Clark’s Of Thimble and Threat, expecting to read a chapter or two. Instead, I read the book in a single sitting, drawn in at first by the ingenious form, but kept enraptured by the characters’ humanity and overwhelming sense of verisimilitude. Of Thimble and Threat is no sanitized Victorian Disneyland; it gets right the struggles of the ordinary people of the era, the toxic environs in which they lived (and died), the backbreaking labor conditions, and the laudanum and alcohol-soaked temptations of an age that has been described as the Great Binge.