True Crime at Its Best: Read an Extract from The Devil’s Work by Garry Linnell

True Crime at Its Best: Read an Extract from The Devil’s Work by Garry Linnell

He cradled the dead body in his hands.

It was such a beautiful thing. Death was a brazen thief that stole the warmth from his victims while he watched. But it never took everything.

It still left enough to touch and gently stroke and remind him how majestic a corpse could be, long after its heart had stopped pounding and its limbs had stiffened and its blood had clotted and turned cold.

Besides, he was skilled in removing all traces of death’s touch, for he was a man who took pride in restoring his victims to life.

So patient was he, so precise. He could take a body twisted and frozen and bent out of shape, all matted with blood and bone fragments. Within a short time it would be cleaned and propped up so lifelike, so alive, you were sure its eyes were gleaming and its chest about to rise with newly found breath.

Who knew why he enjoyed doing this so much or why it had become such a passion. Perhaps it offered a kind of redemption, a way to pay back the universe for all the killing. Perhaps that is why he took so much care, for once the grisly business of extinguishing life was over he became gentle with his victims, almost loving.

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      Publisher details

      The Devil's Work
      Author
      Garry Linnell
      Publisher
      Penguin
      Genre
      Fiction
      Released
      28 September, 2021
      ISBN
      9781761041754

      Synopsis

      He was a murderer, swindler, bigamist and suspect in the Jack the Ripper killings. Frederick Deeming was also the most hated man in the world. Claiming to be haunted by the ghost of his dead mother, Deeming had spent years roaming the planet under various aliases, preying on the innocent, the gullible and the desperate.But the discovery by Australian police in 1892 of the body of one of his wives in a shallow concrete grave triggered one of the greatest manhunts in history and exposed a further series of grisly murders – those of his first wife and four children - that stunned the Victorian era. The Devil’s Work is a gothic journey into the twisted mind of a serial killer, set in the dying years of the 19th century when science and religion had collided and some of the world’s most powerful and influential people believed in spirits and an afterlife. It reveals Deeming’s crime spree across three continents, raising fresh questions about his role in the Jack the Ripper killings and culminating in his sensational trial where he was defended by a future Australian Prime Minister who believed he could also speak to the dead. Born bad or simply mad? It’s time to meet Frederick Deeming, the man known and reviled throughout the United States, England and Australia as the Criminal of the Century.
       
      Garry Linnell
      About the author

      Garry Linnell

      Garry Linnell is one of Australia’s most experienced journalists. Born and raised in Geelong, he has won several awards for his writing, including a Walkley for best feature writing. He has been editor-in-chief of The Bulletin, editor of The Daily Telegraph, director of news and current affairs for the Nine Network and editorial director of Fairfax. He spent four years as co-host of the Breakfast Show on 2UE and is also the author of four previous books - Football Ltd: The inside story of the AFL; Raelene: sometimes beaten, never conquered; Playing God: The rise and fall of Gary Ablett and the bestselling Buckley's Chance.

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