I guess I would call this story Laymon Lite, it is a very good story and I enjoyed it immensely. It has considerably less explicit sex and violence than most of his stories, not that I have a problem with either. It is though an exciting and improbable tale that does keep you turning the pages.
Readers of the horror genre will be mighty disappointed by this novel even when used to Lamony's view of writing novels. Despite the interesting book description I actually got to read my very first western novel which isn't exactly my favorite genre. All the time while I went from page to page I expected something to happen but all I got was some cheap western dialogues, some love relationships, desperado's and gun fire.
I really liked the first third which actually held the part where Trevor hid under Mary's bed and the beginning of his chase of the gruesome ripper. Without telling too much, after the third part of the book the Ripper vanished somewhere in New York thinking Trevor's drowned but he isn't. Sometime later Trevor reads in a newspaper about some horrible killings in Virgina and begins his long way towards his nightmares. A 15-year-old kid thrown into the wilderness, bound to become a man or die.
He finally meets the Ripper on the last 50 pages of the book.
Absolutely likeable Laymon used the old manner of speaking. Trevor has such a nice way of speaking that I could almost imagine hearing his British accent talking to some desperado's. Lovely !
Not Laymon's best work. Not the "typical" work of Laymon. Usually there's a neat twist at the end but I didn't get that this time around.
I didn't think I'd like this one since it's about Jack The Ripper, but I was pleasantly surprised!