The Obsession of Doctor Pendergrass - Murder in Whitechapel

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19th Century

John David Buchanan

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The Obsession of Doctor Pendergrass is the story of a surgeon in London, England. Working at Saint Bartholomew's hospital in 1888 he sees first hand the horrible affects of crime perpetrated against the city's law abiding citizens. Scotland Yard had no idea what they would do about the rising crime rate, but Pendergrass knew exactly what he intended to do. Pendergrass donned his coat and hat, picked up his prize walking cane, and slipped into the shadows of London's backstreets and alleys. Some villains have gone missing, and London's criminal element is starting to get worried.


Crime, Historical Fiction, Suspense / Thriller, Action, Adventure,,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

Dr. Pendergrass prevents a woman's murder. He enrolls her in a nursing school under a false name, Sarah Shelley. Sarah becomes an intern at the hospital and pretends to not recognize him. She tails Pendergrass one night, treats his gunshot wound, and demands to be part of his nightly indescretions.

Doctor Pendergrass and Sarah rent a room and set about baiting Jack the Ripper. Jack engages a prostitue; she is neither a hooker or a woman. Jack's reign of terror ends in that shabby rented room on Dorset Street. Scotland Yard had no idea why the murders stopped, but Doctor Pendergrass did.


London, England

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Doctor Pendergrass

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Badass, Secretive, Sophisticated, Aggressive, Confident, Educated, Perseverance, Skillful,Complex,Confident,Educated,Sophisticated,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Sarah Shelley

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous, Beautiful, Charming, Engaging, Faithful, Skillful,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: George Tillerman

Age: 29

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Aggressive, Badass, Confident, Flexible, Masculine,Masculine,Badass,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Reggie

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Honorable,Obedient,Selfless,Faithful

Development Pitch

The Obsession of Doctor Pendergrass books easily lend themselves to a series of movies or a TV series. The story is set in London in 1888. Doctor Pendergrass becomes a vigilante; roaming the city's alleys and lanes at night looking for the thugs responsible for his patients' injuries. In a strange twist of events, he prevents the murder of a woman who becomes a nursing intern at St. Bartholomew's where he works as a surgeon. Sarah Shelley ultimately becomes an accomplice in his nighttime endeavors after she follows Pendergrass one evening and saves his life. Together with George, an ex-medical school student turned dockworker, and Reggie, Pendergrass' carriage driver, they stop the most infamous serial killer in London's history.

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: John David Buchanan

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



ISBN-10: 1720468478