Only the Thunder Knows – East End Girls

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Only the Thunder Knows – East End Girls

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William (Billy) Burke and William Hare were two real-life, beer-swilling, fist-fighting lowlifes who managed to stumble their way into infamy in Edinburgh, Scotland in the late 1820’s. Step by step, they graduated from the unemployment line to petty thievery, to grave robbing, and then on to cold bloody murder – ultimately becoming Britain’s first documented serial killers.

What history doesn’t know about, or consider is the possibility that Burke and Hare may not have been acting on their own; and the blame for those heinous crimes might not entirely be theirs. Two mysterious strangers have arrived in the city – an old sculptor and a stunningly beautiful actress – both of which use their money and influence to manipulate the young Irishmen into searching for an ancient artifact rumored to have the awesome power of Heaven and Hell combined.

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Seized by the vicious killings of Jack the Ripper, Victorian London’s, East End is on the brink of ruin. Elizabeth Covington, desperate and failing to follow in her beloved father’s footsteps, risks practicing medicine in the dangerous and neglected Whitechapel District to improve her studies. News of a second brutal murder spreads. Elizabeth crosses paths with a man she believes is the villain, triggering a personal downward spiral taking her to a depth of evil she never knew existed. Only she knows the truth that drives the madness of a murderer.


“Readers who enjoy toying with alternate-historical hypotheses and can endure gore should find these lively accounts appealing.” – Publishers Weekly

Only the Thunder Knows is a wonderfully-written story by Gord Rollo, possibly his very best writing (which is saying quite a bit). The story starts with two grave-robbers but it moves into unexpected territory as it continues and by the end I was totally enthralled. I was amazed at the skill Rollo brings to the table to be able to pull this off. Very highly recommended! ——- I hadn’t read any work by Rena Mason before but I’ll certainly be following her now. East End Girls shows she’s a very talented newcomer with a very inventive story about Jack the Ripper. I loved everything about this book and was just sorry to see it end. It’s very evocative and entertaining, and I can’t wait to see Mason’s next book.” – John R. Little

“Historical fiction is difficult to write, because the writer must carefully attend to period language, culture, events, and avoid anachronisms—all this while telling a compelling story. In East End Girls, author Rena Mason accomplishes all this with ease. In addition, her story is woven into the time and events of the most intriguing of serial killers—Jack the Ripper. Believe me:  This is an exciting read by a young star on the rise. East End Girls has my strongest recommendation.”  —Gene O’Neill, Dance Of The Blue Lady And Other Stories (coming June of 2013, Bad Moon Books)

“East End Girls takes the story of Jack the Ripper and turns it upside down and inside out with the precision of a surgeon. It is a marvelous read from beginning to end, with delightfully bloody twists and turns that are as dark and dangerous as an East End alley. With this book, Rena Mason proves she is a rising new voice in horror.“ —JG Faherty, author of The Burning Time, Cemetery Club, Carnival of Fear, and the Bram Stoker Award® nominated Ghosts of Coronado Bay.

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The Double Down I limited edition hardcover is numbered 1 through 100, bound in leatherette, oversewn binding and includes 60lb natural interior paper, stamped on the front cover and spine, with a Litho Label Gloss dust jacket.

This is a numbered limited edition with approximately 100 being produced. It will be autographed by both authors (Gord Rollo and Rena Mason). The approximate page count is 280 pages.

Product Details:

Author:   Gord Rollo and Rena Mason

Publication Date:   June 7, 2013


Limited Edition Hardcover: Total Price is $49.95, which includes shipping, handling and sales tax

Hardcover: $26.95 plus $3.00 shipping, handling and sales tax. Total Price $29.95

     Paperback:    $15.95 plus $3.00 shipping, handling and sales tax.  Total Price $18.95

     Electronic:    $6.00

Print Length:   272 Pages

Publisher:  JournalStone

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