The Lure: The Ripper's Net: Episode 1

Brio Books
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It’s 1892, Sydney. Ex-detective Frank Brady has a head full of demons, an opium habit and a determination to find out who murdered his wife in South Africa four years ago.

He enlists the help of a female journalist to flush out the killer from the gentleman’s club at the centre of a web of colonial corruption. As the final showdown unfolds, the identity of the killer seems irrefutable. But has Brady made a mistake and put the woman he has come to care about in danger?

Inspired by the true story of Melbourne murderer, Frederick Deeming, considered in some circles to be Jack the Ripper, the three books in the Ripper series make for a thrilling tale of murder and intrigue that will keep the reader guessing until the very end.

Keep an eye out for The Chase (the Ripper’s Net: Episode 2) in January 2015 and The Trap (the Ripper’s Net: Episode 3) in March 2015! 

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About the author

Judy Johnson is a Newcastle-based writer. She has taught creative writing through university and writers’ centres around Australia and has been on the judging panel of prestigious prizes including the NSW Premier’s Awards. Her poetry has won many awards including the Victorian Premier’s Award and the Melbourne University Wesley Michel Wright Prize (twice). Her verse novel Jack was on the Melbourne and Sydney University syllabus, while her novel The Secret Fate of Mary Watson was longlisted for the Davitt award.

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Brio Books
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Nov 1, 2014
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Judy Johnson
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