From Edgar-nominated author Lyndsay Faye comes what
Gillian Flynn calls a brilliant new mystery."
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 practicesuntil 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 legalit's law
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.