496 pages, 8.2 × 5.47 × 0.97 in
August 5, 2014
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0425270882
ISBN - 13: 9780425270882
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OneThe 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 leader, the charging rhino of a man who set me up unra
From the Publisher
One of The Wall Street Journal’s Ten Best Mysteries of the Year
“Amazing...This is a series for the ages, it’s so spectacular.”—Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl
1846: In New York City, slave catching isn’t just legal—it’s law enforcement.
Six months after the formation of the NYPD, its most reluctant and talented officer, Timothy Wilde, 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.
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 where corpses appear in the most shocking of places…
About the Author
Lyndsay Faye is the author of The Gods of Gotham—nominated for an Edgar® Award for Best Novel—and the critically acclaimed Dust and Shadow and is featured in The Best American Mystery Stories 2010. Faye, a true New Yorker in the sense that she was born elsewhere, lives in Manhattan with her husband, Gabriel.
“This is a series for the ages, it’s so spectacular.”—Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone GirlPraise for Seven for a Secret:“New York must have been a helluva town in 1846...Timothy Wilde, who rescued child prostitutes in Lyndsay Faye’s rip-roaring novel The Gods of Gotham, returns.”—The New York Times Book Review“Atmospheric and exciting.”—The Wall Street Journal“Memorable lead characters.”—The Oregonian“This gripping, beautifully written, chilling, hearbreaking, and exciting novel by Lyndsay Faye is a completely immersive experience.....filled with vivid characterization, beautiful language, period slang (a glossary is provided), 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“Faye once again skillfully evokes the early days of the NYPD in this gripping and moving sequel to 2012’s The Gods of Gotham, and Edgar finalist…Simple but effective prose, a brilliantly constructed plot, and three-dimensional characters add up to another winner for Faye.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“[Faye’s] second novel is doubly impressive. Readers of historical and genre fiction will appreciate the twist and turns of this original series.”—Library Journal (starred review)“Captures the tumult of its time and place in an action-packed plot with elements of tragedy and hope, featu