Friday, January 18, 2013

Jack the Ripper versus Sherlock Holmes by Phillip Duke Ph.D.: Guest Post


My Favorite Fictional Character, Sherlock Holmes
By Phillip Duke

    My favorite character is consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. He was created by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was knighted for his writing. I have to a certain extent taken over the character (which is in the public domain) and added a few embellishments of my own.

    Sherlock Holmes is extremely observant, and a brilliant logician. He solves mysterious crimes simply by observing and putting together information, that others do not see. In addition he is modest, and gives credit wherever possible to Scotland yard Police Inspector Lestrade. Holmes is not greedy, he has no specified fee, and will help a penniless person in need, if their situation interests him. Holmes appears to be an austere and cold intellect, but actually he has a kind heart, and is very attached to Doctor John H, (Hamish) Watson, his associate, friend and chronicler.

    In my development of Sherlock Holmes's character, I have changed a few things, with the object of making him more human, and therefore more likable. I have freed him from cocaine addiction, and made him believe in a higher power, called God. So far this belief surfaces in only one of my five Sherlock Holmes books; in Sherlock Holmes and the Napped Children, when the children appear lost, Holmes and Watson pray together to save them, and a new development allows their rescue.

     Other than that, he is still pretty much the same Sherlock Holmes; the world's most famous, observant, brilliant, and always successful consulting detective. If you like reading Sir Arthur's Sherlock Holmes stories and books, you will enjoy reading Jack the Ripper versus Sherlock Holmes. With six authentic photographic illustrations, only $4.99.

Jack The Ripper was an infamous killer and mutilating butcher of women, who was never caught. Sherlock Holmes was a famous and successful consulting detective, who solved his every case. Both were products of the same era, the Victorian, and lived in the same city, London. It was inevitable that their paths would cross.

Jack The Ripper was an all too real serial murderer, while Sherlock Holmes was the brilliant imaginary creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician turned author. Therefore the interaction of Sherlock Holmes and Jack The Ripper is an intimate combination of fact and fiction. I have been true to the circumstances and natures of Jack The Ripper's crimes, and to the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson, his associate, friend, and chronicler. If Sherlock Holmes had taken the case against Jack The Ripper, then the actions of both men might very well be just as I describe.

Sherlock Holmes was justly famous for never failing to solve a case. Once his astonishing powers of observation, scientific examination, and logical deduction were applied, no doubt Jack The Ripper would be identified. Once identified, apprehension would be only a matter of time, and justice would necessarily follow swiftly, by the hangman's noose. This is as certain as the Earth turns... or is it?

To discover the astonishing climax, you must read the book. If you like reading about serial killers, or Sherlock Holmes, you will enjoy reading this book.
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I have been writing "on the side" for many years, and now retired write full time.  My professional training is in medical science, with the Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from the USC  School of Medicine's Pathology Department.  Subjects I write on include Sherlock Holmes (4),  Heroin addiction (3),  Golden Showers (1),  Sci fi(4),  and Religion(4).  At this time I have 23 ebooks published with KDP,  and available from
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