The Buffalo Butcher

Buffalo, New York, 1901 . . .

Not quite thirteen years have passed since Jack the Ripper terrorized Whitechapel, London. And now, in the very shadow of the great Pan-American Exposition, someone has started murdering the prostitutes of Buffalo’s Tenderloin District—and carving strange symbols into their bodies.

Neither police, vigilantes, nor the frightened working girls themselves have any clue to the identity—or the motive—of the Buffalo Butcher. And no one seems to care . . . it’ll be up to the working girls themselves to stop the carnage.

Five of them will stand together to confront the killer and to reclaim their humanity.


Reviews and Praise for The Buffalo Butcher


“… Brighton, an expert storyteller, deftly blends the fascinations of the period setting with unpredictability, suspense, and horror ... Brighton’s narration celebrates our common humanity …”

- BookLife Reviews - Named Editor’s Pick

"… With a richly detailed turn-of-the-century setting and an engrossing cast of characters, Brighton weaves a tale that highlights the resiliency and strength of the victims rather than the madness and depravity of the killer.

The Buffalo Butcher is a breath of fresh air for mystery readers and true crime aficionados looking for something a little different that packs a long-lasting emotional punch."

— Manhattan Book Review

“Robert Brighton’s new novel is both thrilling and touching and in the end, beautiful. It’s a story of five young prostitutes who have no one but themselves to depend on, and how somehow they find the strength to face both their lives and a Jack the Ripper style killer called ‘The Buffalo Butcher’…This is a story that will make you think and feel - 5 STARS for certain!”

— Goodreads Reviewer ★★★★★

“I highly recommend it as one of the best books I've ever read.”

— Goodreads Reviewer ★★★★★

“Immersive and engaging, Robert Brighton's The Buffalo Butcher: Jack the Ripper in the Electric City stands out as an exceptionally crafted novel…I found myself forming deep connections with these characters, celebrating their triumphs, and sharing in their sorrows...Brighton demonstrates exceptional skill as a narrator, showcasing a remarkable blend of loyalty and honesty in his storytelling.”

— Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

"... With the author's descriptive words, all the senses are stimulated ... honest with a fast pace and an exceptional plot ... fans of historical fiction, as well as murder mysteries, will love this intense and riveting page-turner of a novel."

- Readers' Favorite

Five Star Seal

A Note to the Reader

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