This novel is part of the Jack the Ripper Victims series. Each novel within the series is a stand-alone story.
The Prostitute’s Price, by Alan M. Clark, is the story of Mary Jane Kelly, the 5th victim of Jack the Ripper. Three illustrations by the author/illustrator inside the book.
244 page trade paperback published by IFD Publishing. Five illustrations by the author in the book.
A novel that beats back our assumptions about the time of Jack the Ripper. Not the grim story of an unfortunate drunken prostitute killed before her time, but one of a young woman alive with all the emotional complexity of women today. Her intellect and beauty, both blessing and curse, have opened doors to both opportunity and threat. She sees lust as her means to lucre, her tender feeling toward one man as perilous, and the deadly obsession of another as merely the risk of her trade. Fleeing the hazards of love, and running from a man wanting her to pay for her crimes against his brother, Mary Jane Kelly must recover a valuable hidden necklace and sell it to gain the funds to leave London and start over elsewhere. Driven by powerful, conflicting emotion, she runs the dystopian labyrinth of the East End, and tries to sneak past the deadly menace that bars her exit.
“Atmospheric, terrifying, brutally honest, and ultimately heartbreaking, The Prostitute’s Price is a mesmerizing piece of storytelling. Ostensibly a biographical fantasia of Jack the Ripper’s final victim, author Alan M. Clark’s opus does not skimp on the rough stuff; nor does it romanticize Mary Jane Kelly’s raw-boned existence. Instead the book digs beneath of the squalor to get at something as profound as it is profane: history forgets its victims. And that is the second great abomination visited upon these complex women. Run—don’t walk—to the nearest bookstore or site, and buy this, and read it forthwith!”
—Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury and Self Storage.
“A fascinating and tragic tale. I was completely immersed in this haunting and richly detailed story, desperately hoping for a happy ending for Mary Jane even as Alan M. Clark dragged me ever-closer to her certain doom.”
— Jeff Strand, author of Dweller.
“Alan M. Clark’s Jack the Ripper’s Victims series has given human dignity to often forgotten women fighting poverty, cruelty, and culture for survival in Victorian London. Mary Kelly’s story, The Prostitute’s Price, is simultaneously the most disturbing, most compassionate, and most triumphant of the books in the series.”
—Eric Witchey, winner of the Visionary Fiction International Book Award for Littlest Death.
“Alan M. Clark’s latest entry in the Jack the Ripper Victim Series is thrilling and lurid and lovingly-researched. His obvious empathy for these women transports them from the abstraction of their historical victimhood to the often brutal reality of their shockingly short and vibrant lives. The Prostitute’s Price is a beautifully-written, fascinating entry in a series which has redefined the ghoulish JTR story by honoring the courage and heartbreak and horror of the lives he took from the world.”
—Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Skullcrack City
“Transported me back to the 1880s and I’m in love with every page. No one writes period novels better than Alan M. Clark, and The Prostitute’s Price is the perfect proof.”
—Matt Hayward, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of What do Monsters Fear?
Alan M. Clark has given us a great gift with his Jack the Ripper Victims series. I no longer care who the murderer was, for I know who his victims were. Exhaustively researched and true to period, Clark artfully relates their stories with clarity and compassion. The Prostitute’s Price is the crown jewel of the quintet.
—Stephen T. Vessels, Thriller Award nominated author of The Mountain and the Vortex and The Door of Tireless Pursuit.