Thursday, January 21, 2010

Murder in Austin (a looong time ago)

For my Thursday book recommendation, and after a recent non-fiction kick, I'm drifting slowly back to fiction, but a via book that is based on real people and real murders.

It's called A TWIST AT THE END and it's by Steven Saylor. The story revolves around a series of murders at the end of the 19th Century, here in Austin. The killer was dubbed "The Servant Girl Annihilator," which is a graphic, if hard to spell, nickname. Rather theatrical, if you ask me. Anyway, the book gives a great account of these murders as well as the city of Austin itself in the late 1800s. One of the main characters is O. Henry, the wonderful short story writer, who was even a suspect at for a time.

There was even talk that Austin's killer, who was never caught, traveled the oceans and became Jack the Ripper. A fascinating subject and a great book.

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