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In 1972, the city of New Orleans was terrorized by a serial killer who came to be known as the Bourbon Street Ripper. Although he was captured, convicted, and executed, his deeds left a scar on the city.Now, twenty years later, the murders have started again, and the secrets of the past, left buried for so long, must be uncovered in order to stop this new horror....

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The Bourbon Street Ripper Reviews

  • Wulf Krueger
    2019-03-13 09:33

    Just when I was thinking nothing really good would ever come out of giveaways, I got "The Bourbon Street Ripper" (BSR). Put off at first by the lurid title, I quickly got drawn into the book.As usual, I'll skip summarising the story as others will have done this before. In short, it's basically a well-done mystery novel and, in contrast to the author's "Clearly not your normal mystery book." it *is* a normal mystery book with a few twists and some "extra features". It's *not* normal in that most "normal" mystery books are treading well worn-out paths which, to a fair extent, BSR succeeds to avoid.The main characters are mostly believable and well-developed and both the 20-years-before story as well as the current storyline and interestingly (and rather subjectively) presented through some of the characters.The contrast between two of the protagonists, namely Rodger and Michael, works well for the book as do the similarities between two other characters (albeit the presentation of those could have been a bit more subtle).For me at least, this was a real page turner in spite of having to apply some suspension of disbelief at certain points in the story (a certain scene with the priory comes to mind). The book still "works" for me, though, since when I'm reading a piece of fiction I'm willing to "just let go" a fair part of my usual skepticism.Unfortunately, there *are* a few downsides to this otherwise nice work. Starting with what annoyed me the most, there were some scenes that were presented in an overly gory way - there was no need to describe in rather blunt terms how a side-character gets murdered and how the crime scene looks afterwards. I consider these gore scenes actually one of the weakest points of the book.Some people might take offence at the Voodoo theme as well; I'm not one of them, though. It may make sense, considering the primary location in the book is New Orleans, though, I'm not sure. Speaking of which: From what I've read, I somehow got the notion the author might want to convey his ideas and feelings about or for New Orleans. Maybe even get the reader to become interested in the city itself. If that's part of the goal, it failed for me.The cliffhanger at the end didn't really come as a surprise either - there were (too) many allusions as to what would happen for my taste and, thus, the "cliffhanger" didn't work for me - I expected exactly what happened and I'm pretty sure I can predict what the second book is going to start with.I do like, though, that I'm not yet sure who's behind it all - I do have my suspects but not having made up my mind at the end of the first book is certainly a good sign.This is my final gripe with BSR, though: A mystery thriller shouldn't come in two books. Never ever.Don't get me wrong, I've read lots of, e. g. epic fantasy; I've stuck with Wheel of Time. I'm *not* happy with a mystery thriller trying to pull off the same, though. Those should come as one (huge, if necessary) volume. Yes, the publisher might not like that, people with an attention span of about 10 seconds might not either. It might even sell worse at first but, really, a good mystery will find its audience even if it has a thousand pages.I'm curious to read how this all is going to end and, thus, will buy the second book for sure but, Leo, if you pull such a stunt again, you can become the next winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and I still won't read another book of yours.Even though it might not seem like it after all this criticism, all in all, I really liked this book. I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who likes to read a good mystery. Four out of five stars from me.--- UPDATE ---This review got me into touch with Leo directly and I was able to discuss things with him. Leo, as it turned out, is a really friendly, approachable person and very transparent with respect to his ideas, plans and reasons for his choices. While it doesn't change my feelings about BSR, this is something out of the ordinary and yet another reason to keep an eye on his further works.Authors who write good books *and* are simply nice people, open to criticism, deserve my support at least and I hope you, dear reader, feel the same. :-)

  • Wendy
    2019-02-24 09:52

    "The Bourbon Street Ripper" by Leo King is a gripping, edge of your seat, thrilling mystery.Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in the 90's there is a killer on the loose. The gruesome torture of the victims before their murder is morbidly similar to the monstrous killer from 20 years ago - The Bourbon Street Ripper - labeled this because of his similarity to Jack The Ripper and his surgical skill.Could it be a copycat killer?I thoroughly enjoyed the well-developed and realistic characters as well as the author's depiction of the New Orleans setting including voodoo and the occult.The author reveals many details and tantalizing clues and leaves us with a cliffhanger ending. Initially I was disappointed but now I can hardly wait to read the sequel "A Life Without Fear".

  • Georgia
    2019-03-13 13:33

    The Bourbon Street Ripper by Leo King is a dark and thrilling mystery. Set in the New Orleans French Quarter during the 90's, there is a killer on the loose. Horrifically torturing victims before killing them by vivisection, this person is eerily similar to an infamous killer from 20 years previously- the Bourbon Street Ripper- so named for his similar MO to Jack the Ripper and surgical abilities. The question is whether this is a copycat and, therefore, a serial killer. The race is on to find The Bourbon Street Ripper copycat before they kill again.Heading the investigation is Rodger Bergeron, a seasoned cop who put away the Bourbon Street Ripper, but left him with plenty of trauma, and his partner, Michael LeBlanc, a very intelligent man with little to no social skills. As they try to find evidence and leads, their lives intersect with Sam Castille (the only living descent of the Bourbon Street Ripper and a woman with understandable emotion scars) and Richie Fastellos (an author in town for a book signing, who also has anxiety issues). Together, the four of them try to solve the case, for the sake of their home and themselves. As the case makes little progress and more women die, tensions run high. Sam and Rodger have past issues that need to be resolved for both their sakes, Michael and Rodger develop problems as the former feels his partner is deliberately keeping him out of the loop, and Richie must decide whether to stay and help or leave and go back to the safety of his home in Pittsburgh.The four try to figure out where the killer will strike next and who the target will be by revisiting the old Bourbon Street Ripper files. When more of the past is revealed and small clues begin to shed a different light on the past killings and meaning for them, everyone must fight to stay sane and alive in a torrent of gangsters, voodoo and a mysterious Nite Priory leaving messages with dangerous men.The Bourbon Street Ripper is a dark, gritty and graphic telling of a murder in a place ripe with faith and belief. The line between reality and fiction is blurred indecipherably. Haitian voodoo and worship to the loa (the gods of their belief) keep appearing in the case, without any evidence that it even factors at all in the big picture. The characters are realistic and each comes with their own set of very real, very difficult problems. Whether they be from guilt, anger or fear. There's also the added uncertainty that any of them are innocent. In fact, for all we know one of them is the actual killer and as this book ends with more questions than answers, we'll have to wait for the next instalment to finally know. I have theories aplenty, but there can only be one answer.I enjoyed this first part of the Sins of the Father series. There is a second part to come before the final reveal and the end of this first book ends on such a cliffhanger that it will leave you unable to stop reading.A warning to those of younger age (or those who just don't like it), but there are very graphic scenes and course language is present. If you're okay with those, like mythology (and enjoy whodunits) then this is a great book for you. It's a little longer than most (at almost 500 pages), but the words fly by as the tension builds and the story unfolds. A fantastic first instalment that will leave you begging for more.Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own.

  • Ben Erickson
    2019-03-10 08:49

    Leo King spins quite the web with this novel. At first, it feels as if the book is struggling to realize what it really wants to be, with various seemingly non-connected and at odds narratives beginning. A gritty street level cop story about a copycat serial killer. A young heiress to a vast Louisiana fortune haunted by family secrets. An up and coming author who seems taken by the gothic romance of the crimes the copycat is emulating. They are all very much their own stories and could stand on their own. By the middle of the book he is able to bring them together and make it feel not only natural, but as if these stories were destined to be told together. And then he begins mixing in little bits of the occult and Voodoo, which really helps vault this story into another plane entirely. As in most books, the devil is in the details, and in a mystery novel, this is even moreso. King doesn't disappoint with his details. I was constantly amused or surprised when one came up that put pieces of the overall plot into place. Plenty there to keep you flipping back in the book to see if you really did read that name earlier all the way to the end of it. The fact that King is a native of New Orleans also helps with this, as he is able to give life to the city as only a person who has lived most of his life there would be able to. It helps to lend a sense of vibrancy and life to the overall book, something that is very pleasant. The dramatic irony that King wields is also very impressive. At the end of this first installment, he has given his characters just enough rope to hang themselves with, and the epilogue lets the reader know that they were right all along as long as they've been paying attention. All in all, this was a fantastic book. If you're looking for a gripping, page turner of a thriller mystery, you can't go wrong with this book. I can't wait for the second installment.

  • Ameise1
    2019-02-21 12:58

    It's a wonderful mix between a thriller and a crime mystery. I liked the self-contained chapters which are related but also focused on an other part of the story. Every now and then they are crossing their path, it looks like an update for all protagonists before they leave each other for travelling their own route before meeting with each other again. Everybody puts himself in jeopardy when also they are working in pairs and it seems that all the characters have difficulty to trust their next. There is a story in the present which is related to an unsolved story from the past. It's fast-paced and extremely enthralling. The only disappointment came in the end when I had to find out that this book is only the first part of the story and a sequel is following. It leaves me hanging in the nothingness. What a pity!

  • Danielle
    2019-03-21 05:51

    Won this free eBook copy. It was a good book, kept me wanting to read. Wrote as a very good mystery with lots of twist, turns and storylines. There are some in detail descriptions of killing, which did not bother me but might bother others. The only thing I was disappointed about was the ending, there is going to be a book 2. By that time I probably will have read many other books and will not remember to read book 2 or what book 1 entailed. I would suggest waiting to read this book until you have the sequel in hand. Otherwise this was a great fast paced mystery.

  • George Wright
    2019-03-18 06:45

    A riveting tale of suspense that is bound to keep the reader guessing until the final chapters.

  • Julia O'Connell
    2019-03-20 13:54

    A brand manager representing this author sent me a copy of The Bourbon Street Ripper for review. Overall, it was a great way to get me back into the mystery/thriller genre, which for some reason I had essentially abandoned for many years. In overall concept, it reminded me a lot of some of my favorite crime-based TV shows in which underdog detectives and amateurs team up to catch the bad guys. It especially reminded me of Castle since this book also involves an author who assists with the case (although I find the character of Richie Castellos in The Bourbon Street Ripper far less charming than Nathan Fillion). The Bourbon Street Ripper is the first in a series of crime novels following the case to catch a serial killer, one who may be a copycat of "The Bourbon Street Ripper" who terrorized the streets of New Orleans two decades before. The central character is Robert Bergeron, a gruff and somewhat jaded detective who was intimately involved in the original Ripper case. As Robert and his fresh, young partner Michael LeBlanc take on this new case, neither of them are quite prepared for the depth to which they'll have to relive 20-year-old history and uncover secrets long buried. Also forced to confront her traumatic past is eccentric mystery writer, Samantha "Sam of Spades" Castille. A child at the time of the original case, Sam is the granddaughter of the first Ripper and is now a suspect in the current investigation. Though estranged for the past 20 years, Detective Bergeron was a close family friend of Sam's, and his strong protective feelings toward her draw them back into a close relationship as the case unfolds. Meanwhile, Sam meets a fellow mystery writer Richie Costellos who awakens feelings in her she didn't even know she was capable of. Set in New Orleans, The Bourbon Street Ripper has a fun (if a little cliche) gothic backdrop of organized crime, ancient family tensions, voodoo, and the occult. In this first book, you get just hints of the various secret cults and organizations that operate in the underworld of New Orleans. There are many twists and turns in the story, some predictable and some pleasantly surprising. It has its moments of gore, but the real focus is on the investigation and the internal lives of the various characters involved in the case.This book definitely does not stand on its own, so prepare to commit to the entire series, if you want to ever find out who the killer is. I wasn't particularly planning on picking up the next book, but now I guess I'll have to, since I got invested despite myself. Most of my complaints about the book have to do with the editing and the treatment of its female characters. There are lots of typographical and editorial errors throughout the book, though not really enough to totally interfere with meaning and distract you from the story (unless you edit for a living, like I do).When the brand representative pitched me this book, she used the phrase "strong female character" which I'm afraid gave me too high of expectations. There is a female main character (Sam) and she is strong in many ways, although her significance derives from the various male characters of the story--her familial relationship to the original killer, her father-figure relationship with Detective Bergeron, and her romantic relationship with Richie. The male characters like Bergeron and Richie are attracted to Sam because of her vulnerability, and frequently engage in annoying over-protective "alpha male" thoughts and behaviors that will have most female readers rolling their eyes and banging their heads against the wall. Certain characters, such as Bergeron and Sam's therapist think about Sam as a child, which is kind of condescending considering the fact that she's a 30-year-old grown woman. (There's also a lot of pseudo-Freudian psychology going on here.)Despite also having a number of female side characters, this book barely passes the Bechdel test with only one brief conversation about work between Sam and the bitchy, man-hating, lesbian editor of the newspaper she publishes her stories in. (Even in this conversation, the main focus is on Richie and his intense feelings of hatred towards this "bitch.") One other character, a fellow police detective named Dixie, is explicitly labeled as a feminist. But the only role this really plays in the story is that Richie is able to easily manipulate her into a rage by acting like a misogynist, thus derailing her interrogation of him. One recurring motif in the book is the surprise revelation that certain characters are female. At first it's kind of fun and empowering, because it draws attention to the sexist assumptions of the male characters. But it gets kind of tiring after the third time. Surprise! Important suspects can be women. Surprise! Bad guys can be women. Surprise! Cloaked figures can be women. You'd think by the end of the book, the two detectives would learn to stop assuming that the world is populated entirely by men.But the biggest problem is the way that this book falls into the classic horror trope of punishing women for their sexuality. All of the serial killers murder victims are women who are sexually transgressive in some way. The first victim is a prostitute, the second victim is a (view spoiler)[sexually aggressive tourist (hide spoiler)], and the third victim is a (view spoiler)[teenage girl who gets described in the narration as looking like a "streetwalker" because of the way she dresses (hide spoiler)].I'm hoping that this choice of victims gets addressed in a thoughtful and mature manner in the later books, but for now it comes off as a lazy horror technique which generally serves to control women's actions and expression while also catering to the male gaze in erotic scenes of terror and torture.One other thing that might make current readers wince is the way that the characters tend to make light of police brutality, which leaves a bad taste in your mouth considering recent events.Anyway, despite these rants, the book was overall enjoyable, if at times problematic.For a discussion of this book and its relation to the gothic genre, keep an eye out on my blog:

  • Debbra Gray
    2019-03-07 08:53

    AwesomeThis is the first book that has captured me so much that I want to know what happens in the end in a long time. It is very well written and does not have the mistakes in it that most free books have. Congrats to you.

  • Sandra Mcgee
    2019-03-21 05:56

    I loved this book, It is not for the weak of heart, but if you like a book that will get your attention and keep you in your seat , then this is the book for you. I can't wait to read book two.

  • Brenda Roberson
    2019-03-13 07:42

    THE BOURBON STREET RIPPER (SINS OF THE FATHER BOOK 1) by Leo King is a gripping, edge of your seat mystery. It is so very good, that it will keep you, the reader, guessing what will happen next and from which direction the next body or clue will come. It is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in the 90's and there is a killer on the loose. The gruesome torture of the victims before being murdered is sinisterly similar to the beastly killer from 20 years ago. The Bourbon Street Ripper, labeled this way because of his similarity to Jack The Ripper's surgical skill. Could it be a copycat killer?The basis for this novel is the twenty year old case of a serial killer that has been tried and executed. One of the original detectives is thrown into the case with a new partner not up to speed on the original case. The executed killer was a member of an old New Orleans wealthy family. His granddaughter is caught up in this new crime spree and begins to have nightmares from the past. Of course being in the area of New Orleans the Voodoo religion comes in to play.This is a whodunnit read and I don't think anyone could possibly know 'who' the "Ripper" is yet even though the author leaves plenty of tantalizing clues. To find out the rest of the story you will have to read book 2, A LIFE WITHOUT FEAR (SINS OF THE FATHER BOOK 2)

  • Chandni
    2019-02-25 07:47

    I will be frank. I didn't finish this book. There is nothing especially wrong with it, but it just wasn't as interesting or as exciting as I expected it to be. When I start thrillers or mysteries I need to get drawn in really quickly. Otherwise, I find myself sighing in boredom or trudging through the book without any real interest.However, just because this book didn't manage to draw me in doesn't mean it's a bad book. It's quite well written, the characters are interesting, and the plot has potential. The difficulty for me was caring about any of them. Another problem for me was the dialog. Sometimes, when the characters talked, I thought the author was purposely making them sound ridiculous. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Also, there was a lot of vivid description that wasn't always necessary. Sometimes, describing everything slows down the pace of the book and that was the case in this instance.I know that it's very difficult to write a book and since this is a first novel, I'm sure King will get better as he gains more experience. I know lots of people enjoyed this book, it's just unfortunate that I wasn't one of them.I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

  • Allyson Stevens
    2019-03-24 13:43

    The Bourbon Street Ripper appealed to me because I enjoy reading about crazy people doing unspeakable things to each other, and I must say that in that regard, Leo King certainly does not disappoint. There is definitely no shortage of guts, gore, or crazy random sociopaths.The plot of the story is engaging and once it got started it was well paced. Some of the characters seemed a bit forced and some of the actions of the main characters seem out of place and unnatural, but many characters, like Sam seem very real and work well to push the story along. I really enjoyed the way King chose to reveal the twists in his story and the timing as far as when certain facts are released because it is really keeping me on my toes trying to figure out who is behind the murders. Part of that is the sheer number of things going on, everything from voodoo to mobsters and secret societies to mentally unstable relatives. Who could possibly be behind this latest set of tragic murders? You'll just have to wait around and find out in book two.

  • Pat
    2019-03-22 11:35

    First I should say that this book was a freebie for me, in return for a review. I didn't finish this one, got about half way through, and may finish it at some future time, but not now. Positives are: BSR has a great plot, very intriguing in that it doesn't give away where it's going, interesting main characters and how they interact is done very well, and I like the way King handles the timeline of the story. Negatives are: Minor characters are done away with too quickly which makes them seem over exaggerated/cartoonish, excessive gore (I know some prefer this, but to me, leaving something to the imagination is far better), and while a lot of the "scenes" are well written and intriguing, there are some that are awkwardly unbelievable and really throw off an otherwise pleasing rhythm to the story (it was one of these scenes that convinced me to move on to other books).If you're looking for a quick mystery/crime story, this is a good one, but if you are looking for something more, you might be disappointed.

  • Denise
    2019-03-09 05:36

    Twenty years ago, Detective Rodger Bergeron solved the case of the Bourbon Street Ripper murders and put the man responsible behind bars. After all these years, it appears that someone has decided to bring back the memory of these horrible killings by copying this serial killer. Detective Rodger Bergeron and his new partner Michael LeBlanc have to embark on another investigation of these disturbing murders. Along the way they have to revisit the old case file and many of the people who were involved in the original murders. Some of the people that they meet again are not too fond of Rodger and because of this the detectives find themselves in some tough situations. The investigation allows the reader to learn more about the history of New Orleans and the Voodoo religion. This book was an interesting read that keeps you guessing until the very end. I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series so I can see how things are resolved.

  • Quentin Stewart
    2019-03-20 14:03

    The Bourbon Street Ripper is a very good mystery that keeps the reader guessing what will happen next and from which direction the next body or clue will come. The basis of the novel is the twenty year old case of a serial killer that has been tried and executed, but now there is a copycat on the streets of New Orleans. One of the original detectives is thrown into the case with a new partner not up to speed on the original case. The executed killer was a member of an old New Orleans wealthy family. His granddaughter is caught up in this new crime spree and begins to have nightmares from the past. Of course being in the area of New Orleans the Voodoo religion comes in to play.Whodunit? That is the interesting part of this book because it will keep you guessing to the very end. I look forward to reading Leo King’s next book.

  • Cheryl Earle
    2019-03-14 09:50

    A fantastic thriller whodunit! Fast paced, gripping read - I simply couldn't put it down. Exceptionally well written & edited, I kept trying to work out who had done it & the reasoning behind it. The author had you totally immersed in the setting of sweaty New Orleans & invested in characters you could really sink your teeth into.If I had any complaints it would be with the abruptness of the ending & leaving you hanging. The sequel is not for sale on Google Books which is disappointing. I shall have to see if they have the right platform for download on my smart phone via the publishers.

  • MaryAnn Ort
    2019-03-05 08:48

    New Orleans, voodoo and secret socitiesThe story is set in New Orleans in the early nineties, but has roots that go much further back. As Sam finds her first love and comes out of her shell into a world that terrified by a serial killer. Soon she becomes the primary suspect. Some believe her while others loathe her because of her heritage. Will she survive? That is the question you are seeking when this book ends. I liked all the twists and turns and many characters. It is well written and you are left trying to figure out the real heroes and villains.

  • Tim Schiraldi
    2019-03-07 09:56

    Good, solid mystery. Twenty years ago, a serial killer was brutally murdering (and dismembering) people all over New Orleans. Now, a copycat killer is on the streets. All signs point to the granddaughter of the original and one of the original detectives is on the case.This is the 1st book in a trilogy. It is very well written and the characters are interesting and believable. New Orleans culture abounds, right down to the partying, the Zydeco music, and the voodoo!

  • Sandy
    2019-02-27 11:42

    I received this book as an Early Reviewer for Library Things and am glad I did. Others have covered the plot, so all I need to say is the ending is a cliff hanger that carries over to the second book in the series. I was a little disappointed in that feature, but it definitely has me wanting to read more. I enjoyed the book and felt the author has a lot to offer. I'm looking forward to more from Mr. King.

  • Susan
    2019-03-07 09:54

    This mystery pulls you into the story from the first page. It moves quickly. Lots of red herrings so trying to figure out where the story is going is quite interesting. And then, just when you think you have a handle on the ripper, the book ends. Darn!! Now I have to find the follow up. One of my favorite books for this year.

  • Kevin
    2019-02-21 08:37

    Great mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Character development was very well done and I could just see the city as the characters moved about their lives. Currently reading the second book and so far so good.

  • Prathiba
    2019-03-19 08:38

    Really bad writing. Only redeeming factor is that you don't know who the murderer is. They could've used the Voodoo bit some more to increase the suspense. Awful lot of information is lying around and the characters just dont get it!

  • Darcy
    2019-02-26 05:52

    I thought the premise was a good one, was excited to read it. The prologue turned me off right from the start, but I kept reading hoping it would get better, sadly it didn't. In the end it just wasn't for me.

  • Carlton Phelps
    2019-03-21 08:55

    Gripping story line. Placed in a setting that lends itself to this thriller.