Just out this week, Ripperby internationally beloved book club author Isabel Allende is an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco. Isabel shares a little about why she decided to writer her first thriller and how she researched it here:
“Inspiration came when I saw my grandchildren playing Ripper, an online role-playing game set in 1880 London and dedicated to catching Jack the Ripper. In my novel, a group of young geeks, under the command of Amanda Martin, game master and daughter of SFPD Deputy Chief Bob Martin, decide to play their own version of the game and investigate a series of crimes that are terrorizing modern-day San Francisco. They manage to stay one step ahead of the police by having fun, relying on imagination and intuition, and because they are free from all moral and legal restrictions.
As I developed a taste for killing humans, I realized more research was needed. Fortunately, I found help in a forensic doctor, a sea captain, a Navy Seal, a dog trainer, a couple of gang members, a few psychopaths, two cops, a holistic healer, and other charming characters who spent many precious hours answering my weird questions. In the process, I discovered several creative ways of disposing of my enemies.”