Boy Meets Killer
Discover the award-winning novel based on the shocking true story.
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"Cartwheels along" — Lolly Winston
Albert is a bright boy—a quality much despised in 1846 Ithaca—a gritty town at the edge of New York’s frontier. Desperate to belong, he fails repeatedly to prove himself worth his salt, until a captivating stranger offers a new future—that of a respectable scholar in New York City. His new mentor, however, is Edward Rulloff, an accomplished physician, lawyer, linguist fluent in 27 languages—and serial killer.
Soon caught up in an epic test of loyalty and betrayal, Albert must wrestle with the meaning of justice, and decide for himself whether Rulloff is a genius or a madman—all while trying to survive his thrilling, shameful, and dangerous adventures.
Based on the true story that riveted the 19th-century world, THE PRISONER’S APPRENTICE won the 2022 IRDA Historical Fiction Award, was an Eric Hoffer Finalist, and was awarded an Indie BRAG Medallion. A must-read for anyone who enjoys Erik Larson, Lindsay Faye or Robert McCammon.
A must-read for anyone who enjoys Erik Larson, Lindsay Faye or Robert McCammon.