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Seven For A Secret

by Lyndsay Faye

Penguin USA | September 17, 2013 | Hardcover

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From Edgar-nominated author Lyndsay Faye comes the next book in what Gillian Flynn calls “a brilliant new mystery series."

One of The Wall Street Journal's Ten Best Mysteries of the Year

Six months after the formation of the NYPD, its most reluctant and talented officer, Timothy Wilde, thinks himself well versed in his city's dark practices—until he learns of the gruesome underworld of lies and corruption ruled by the “blackbirders," who snatch free Northerners of color from their homes, masquerade them as slaves, and sell them South to toil as plantation property.

The abolitionist Timothy is horrified by these traders in human flesh. But in 1846, slave catching isn't just legal—it's law enforcement.

When the beautiful and terrified Lucy Adams staggers into Timothy's office to report a robbery and is asked what was stolen, her reply is, “My family." Their search for her mixed-race sister and son will plunge Timothy and his feral brother, Valentine, into a world where police are complicit and politics savage, and corpses appear in the most shocking of places. Timothy finds himself caught between power and principles, desperate to protect his only brother and to unravel the puzzle before all he cares for is lost.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: September 17, 2013

Publisher: Penguin USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399158383

ISBN - 13: 9780399158384

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Seven For A Secret

Seven For A Secret

by Lyndsay Faye

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: September 17, 2013

Publisher: Penguin USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399158383

ISBN - 13: 9780399158384

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One The evil we complain of is increasing. Europe is flooding the country with emigrants—Great Britain has appropriated twenty-five million to deport to this country one million of Irish paupers, to compete with and destroy American labor. —MR. LEVIN OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN PARTY, AS REPORTED IN THE NEW YORK HERALD, 1846 * I have come to know my city too well. Not the pleasantest of afflictions. Presumably this wouldn''t be a problem if I lived in a gorgeously crumbling stone wreck on the coast of Spain, casting my nets for sardines of a morning and catching strains of guitar music long into the night. Or if I kept a tavern in a melancholy little English town, pouring pints for wid­owers and reading poetry of an evening. I’ve never been away from here, so who can say? My knowledge of other places is bounded in books. It could be possible to know a city intimately and yet like it. I hope so. No, the main trouble seems to be that I’m a policeman of Ward Six in Manhattan, the only copper star I know of assigned not to walk rounds but to solve crimes after the fact, and that so far I''ve not much cottoned to the content of the crimes. Not by half. For instance, on the morning of St. Valentine’s Day, I awoke with the faintly sick sensation that a law had been broken by some­one or other in this city of near half a million, and I hadn''t yet brainworked out who. The day before, Chief of Police George Washington Matsell—our unquestioned l
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From the Publisher

From Edgar-nominated author Lyndsay Faye comes the next book in what Gillian Flynn calls “a brilliant new mystery series."

One of The Wall Street Journal's Ten Best Mysteries of the Year

Six months after the formation of the NYPD, its most reluctant and talented officer, Timothy Wilde, thinks himself well versed in his city's dark practices—until he learns of the gruesome underworld of lies and corruption ruled by the “blackbirders," who snatch free Northerners of color from their homes, masquerade them as slaves, and sell them South to toil as plantation property.

The abolitionist Timothy is horrified by these traders in human flesh. But in 1846, slave catching isn't just legal—it's law enforcement.

When the beautiful and terrified Lucy Adams staggers into Timothy's office to report a robbery and is asked what was stolen, her reply is, “My family." Their search for her mixed-race sister and son will plunge Timothy and his feral brother, Valentine, into a world where police are complicit and politics savage, and corpses appear in the most shocking of places. Timothy finds himself caught between power and principles, desperate to protect his only brother and to unravel the puzzle before all he cares for is lost.

About the Author

Lyndsay Faye is the author of critically acclaimed Dust and Shadow and The Gods of Gotham, which was nominated by the Edgars for Best Novel—if you were to ask her, she would say she writes hero stories. Faye, a true New Yorker in the sense she was born elsewhere, lives in Manhattan with her husband, Gabriel.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Seven for a Secret : "This is a series for the ages, it''s so spectacular. Amazing." —Gillian Flynn "One of the year''s best mysteries." —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal "This gripping, beautifully written, chilling, heartbreaking, and exciting novel by Lyndsay Faye is a completely immersive experience. . . . filled with vivid characterization, beautiful language, period slang, a gorgeous plot, and with incredibly evocative settings and heartbreaking twists of fate. In short, this is an amazingly rich story, worthy of the word ''epic'' . . . . This is definitely one of the finest crime novels of the year." — Mystery Scene "[A]tmospheric and exciting ... Lyndsay Faye''s book is swift but poignant, full of violent encounters and thrilling escapes." — The Wall Street Journal “As was the case in The Gods of Gotham , Faye folds a blistering indictment of prejudice and persecution of the defenseless within a satisfying complex mystery. . . . Vividly atmospheric; the thieves’ slang all by itself evokes 19th-century New York with wonderful specificity. Let’s hope Faye finds more dirty work for her intriguingly conflicted hero.” — Kirkus Reviews "Faye once again skillfully evokes the early days of the NYPD in this gripping and moving sequel to 2012''s The Gods of Gotham , an Edgar finalist. . . . Simple but effective prose, a brilliantly constructed plot, and three-dimensional characters add up to
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