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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (MM); 1 edition (Jan. 30 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515142522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515142525
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.5 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,332,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

This debut novel features an intriguing setup that, unfortunately, becomes bogged down in a too-busy narrative: American time travelers from the year 2007 find themselves in 1888 London on the trail of a dangerous interloper from their time, just as the escalation of the legendary Jack the Ripper murders has driven the city into a frenzy. Wary that they or their quarry, Jonathan Avery, might change history in a way that would eliminate their own time line, partners-of-convenience Sara Grant and David Elliot simultaneously search for their target while attempting to assist Scotland Yard Insp. Jonas Robb in thwarting the sadistic serial killer—who may be one and the same. What they don't realize is that Avery has taken a much larger role in events, and that it may be too late to salvage their future. A keen sense of history (such as the inclusion of lesser-known Ripper suspects Francis Tumblety and Michael Ostrog) bolsters this fast-paced pale, but Baker piles on bite-sized scenes and jarring shifts among characters to overwhelming, disorienting effect. (Feb.)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa21dc2a8) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a3ac0c) out of 5 stars Implausibly plausible Feb. 22 2007
By Howard V. Tayler - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jack Knife is a tale of Victorian England, Jack the Ripper, and three unfortunate time-travellers. If you can get past the time-travel itself, and the too-high-tech gadgets the folks from 2007 are carrying back into the past, you'll love the book. Virginia really did her homework on this one, and banged out a fantastic first novel.

Jack Knife has all the elements of a great horror tale, along with some of the upbeat optimism of science fiction. Add to that the convincing depiction of how nasty Whitechapel was a hundred and twenty years ago (and apparently STILL IS) and you're in for a great ride. I couldn't put it down.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a3ac00) out of 5 stars Superb and Intriguing Jan. 30 2007
By Minou Janvier - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Baker's retelling of the Jack the Ripper tale is a tight, gripping read. A roller coaster from the beginning, switching back and forth between charactors, showing every action, every emotion. Her charactors are real people, with real emotion. Her language is exquisite, with little touches that really grab you. She manages to make the women stand out as real people, not just faceless victims of an insane killer.

It's hard to believe this is her first novel, considering the eloquent and beautiful language, the strict plot adherance, and the delightful characterizations. Sara and Robb are real people, and you can almost taste David's frustration with Sara. And then there's Jack. Oh yes. Few villins ever come that tasteful and delicious. Hannibal would like Jack. They'd get along just fine.

Jack Knife isn't the sort of book you read when you've got to get up in the morning. Because once you start, you can't stop. Great read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4e3e584) out of 5 stars Absorbing read! March 8 2007
By Mark Steele - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
It took me 10 or 15 pages to get into this book, but once I did I was sucked along right to the finish. My employer is probably happy I finished it, since my productivity has gone back up. I was impressed by the detailed representation of Victorian England, and felt the characterization was good--it didn't take long to start caring what happened to these people. The plot did an admirable job of keeping me guessing where things were going--the heroes and villains were both strong and kept throwing monkey wrenches into each others' plans. Can't wait for the sequel!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1ef399c) out of 5 stars A Step Through Time to Stop Jack the Ripper. Sept. 30 2007
By tvtv3 - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the sci-fi, historical murder mystery, it is June 2007 and a time traveler named Jonathan Avery violates the safety initiatives of the Project he works for and makes an unauthorized quantum leap killing a fellow worker in the process. Avery finds himself with amnesia in the summer of 1884 London. With the help of a local woman and some powerful scientific devices he carried with him, he begins making a new life for himself and soon rises in the social ranks to become a powerful figure. Meanwhile, back in June 2007 a woman scientist named Sara Grant and military Special Operation agent named David Elliot are given the task of traveling back to capture Avery or kill him. Avery's jump threatens the fabric of the space-time continuum. Sara and David are more the best team that could have been sent after Avery, but 19th Century London is a challenge for even them. Not only are all the social norms they are used to practically nonexistent, but Jack the Ripper is loose and at the height of his killing spree. David and Sara find an ally in a police inspector named Jonas Robb who has been given the task of solving one of the murders in his district. Through Jonas, Sara and David learn about a powerful man named Jay Osborne who has purchased most of the papers, is rousing up the common folk, and causing trouble with the elites. Even stranger is that there doesn't seem to be any historical evidence about Osborne. The company of three struggles to unravel Osborne's plans, capture Avery, and prevent any more Ripper murders from happening all before the future that Sara and David know of ceases to exist.
I have had an interest in the Jack Ripper murders since I was a kid. The stories used to fascinate me. So, I was drawn to JACK KNIFE after just reading the cover. Virginia has done a great job of tying together the Ripper murders and connecting them to the plot of her story. The details of the events, as well as the historical accuracy of the setting, are described quite well.

I have seen JACK KNIFE marketed in some stores in the sci-fi section. This is a mistake because JACK KNIFE includes very little science fiction. The time travel scenario is basically just a device that allows the story to take place and provide a bit more incentive for the characters to perform their required task. First and foremost, JACK KNIFE is a murder mystery that is full of suspense and well-developed characters. If that isn't enough to interest someone, there's also a bit of natural romance thrown in for good measure.

I highly enjoyed reading JACK KNIFE. I completed the book in about three days and am looking forward to other works that author Virginia Baker might write in the future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1eae768) out of 5 stars Destination: Whitechapel June 21 2007
By R. Howell - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Basic premise: three people from the present use a time portal to end up in 1888 London, Whitechapel district. The antagonist, Jonathon Avery, actually ends up there four years earlier and his mental unbalance leads him into setting up a monopoly on the newspapers with grander desires. Our heroes, Sara followed by special ops agent David arrive on the scene. But there's something not quite right going on in Whitechapel when they arrive. Jack the Ripper is at large and Sir Jay Osborne is quite the popular figure. Add in Inspector Jonas Robb for the tour guide and interactions with the Ripper cast of characters and you're off.

As a novel about time travel, it's not bad. The heroes are careful who they interact with until the end. Sara and David have differing theories on how history can be changed, one is the Chaos Theory where the slightest variation is going to effect everything and the second is a domino theory where only serious events are going to manipulate the unfolding of time. It's a subject matter that is really only debated on the surface level as many writers will do. The manner in which the author "breaks" between scenes and people was truly quite annoying at first but you will bypass this and even accept the reasons for it.

As a novel on Jack the Ripper, I enjoyed it but it could have been better. It's not hard to figure out where the author is going in terms of who Jack is. There are certain aspects of the JtR story I enjoyed much more than the time travel. One being the Osborne Charity Hospital, who's attending doctors are Michael Ostrog, George Chapman, Neil Cream, and Francis Tumblety. Those who know Ripper studies, know the significance of those names. The author includes the canonical 5 victims and the speculative other victims. Throw in a coverup of a much larger scale of murders throughout the London districts and the story becomes more intriguing. The downfall of the JtR story is there is very little "flavor text" so you really have no idea how bad Whitechapel was in 1888. You don't really get the feel and immersion into what the setting is like unless you have previous knowledge of it.

Better still for this book is the look at just how the newspapers are/were the central hub of information and how easy it can be to manipulate the public based on what is reported versus what isn't. This too me was the better story of the whole novel. The use of the media to manipulate the public, the police, and even the government into a submissive or embarassing position. There's also a pollution of the economy going on with counterfeit money which in turn will potential destabilize the government without the gold standard to back it up, and of course the "evil plot" thickens as a savior is setting up the redemption for the poverty of the political state.

Overall, as a story on the whole, 'Jack Knife' is a bit of a "What if...?" storyline with social and political commentaries mixed in. It's enjoyable but there may be just one too many subplots going on. The story takes off in the last 100 pages and the ending is satisfying although I expected a different turn out to make it a "happier ending" for the characters and some sappy readers. I'm glad it didn't work that way. So again, as a Jack the Ripper novel, it's decent enough; as a time travel novel, there's a lot of plot holes. As a story in general I appreciated it and will recommend it for the Ripperologist in you and as an overall good social commentary on how easily people at large can be manipulated.