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The story of Blackmore is one that examines themes involving man's place among the newly mechanized world. The loss and the search for humanity is one of the richest themes that will emerge from the story. What is it that allows humans to commit unspeakable acts of cruelty upon one another? What is the value of a life when it no longer serves a function? How can we bridge the divide between who we are and what we strive to be?
East London is being terrorized by a series of grisly murders that have left behind horribly mutilated victims, most of them young women. Often their bodies are torn open with parts of their anatomy removed but no one can fathom the meaning or purpose of such a crime against humanity.
The policeman in charge of catching the elusive killer, Inspector Frederick Abberline, has made little headway in the investigation so far. Desperate to stop the killings, he seeks out the help of a promising young doctor, Emma Blackmore, who has pioneered a number of techniques in the promising new field of forensic science. As they examine the crime scene together, they discover a clue that leads them in a direction that neither of them could have expected –the killer, it seems may have powers beyond that of a natural human.
The killer strikes at night, making use of the dark and twisty maze of streets of Whitechapel. Witnesses have come forward with incredible stories of a caped figure leaping impossibly from rooftop to rooftop. Some say this creature possesses long animal-like claws and can breathe fire like a dragon. Others say that the Devil itself is stalking their city.
The city newspaper, the London Howler, has found that nothing sells papers like bloody headlines and they have written increasingly lurid and blood-chilling descriptions of the mysterious caped figure and the depravities being committed. Instead of calling him the Whitechapel Killer, they now call him “Jack”. But who or WHAT is he?
Emma Blackmore's life is turned upside-down along with the lives of the rest of her family. Can Emma help Abberline find the killer? Will her robot companion, Descartes, be able to shed some light on matters? And what about her brother Jonas? Will he continue to berate his sister for stepping outside the normal constraints of society or will he lend his aid in the solving of this unspeakable crime? Time is of the essence. With each incident, the crimes become uglier and more gruesome and signs indicate that soon the killings may strike closer to home...