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One of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Mystery/Thrillers of the Year
One of Kirkus Reviews' Ten Best Crime Novels of the Year
One of Gillian Flynn's "Recommendations for the Season" on Today
Edgar(R) Award Nominee for Best Novel
ALA Reading List Award for Best Mystery

1845: New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland.

These two events will change New York City forever…

Timothy Wilde tends bar, saving every dollar in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams are destroyed by a fire that devastates downtown Manhattan, he is left with little choice but to accept a job in the newly minted New York City Police Department.

Returning exhausted from his rounds one night, Tim collides with a girl no more than ten years old… covered in blood. She claims that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of Twenty-Third Street. Timothy isn’t sure whether to believe her, but as the image of a brutal killer is slowly revealed and anti-Irish rage infects the city, the reluctant copper star is engaged in a battle that may cost him everything…  

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The Gods of Gotham
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The Gods of Gotham
April 3rd, 2014
This amazing novel is so well written that this reader can almost hear and smell 19th century New York. It is set at a time when the city was just setting up its first police force. Copper star, Timothy Wilde, is a completely believable character, with all the flaws and nobility of Everyman. The butchered bodies of children are being discovered and they are known to have worked in the brothels. Amidst the political turmoil and religious strife between the immigrant Irish and the "Nativists", Timothy must work quickly to solve the case. The story is fast-moving and dramatic, as well as an excellent police procedural mystery. It filled all my needs for a book that grabbed my attention and held it to the end.
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I could smell the 5 points
July 26th, 2013
Wonderfully written with excellent characters. I love historical fiction when it hits the mark and transports you through time.
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