A Curtain Falls (Simon Ziele Series #2)

A Curtain Falls (Simon Ziele Series #2)

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by Stefanie Pintoff
     
 

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The careers of New York City detective Simon Ziele and his former partner, Captain Declan Mulvaney, went in remarkably different directions after the tragic death of Ziele's fiancée in the 1904 General Slocum ferry disaster. While earmarked for bigger things, Ziele moved north of the city to escape the violence, and Mulvaney dug in deeper, heading up the

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The careers of New York City detective Simon Ziele and his former partner, Captain Declan Mulvaney, went in remarkably different directions after the tragic death of Ziele's fiancée in the 1904 General Slocum ferry disaster. While earmarked for bigger things, Ziele moved north of the city to escape the violence, and Mulvaney dug in deeper, heading up the precinct in the most crime-ridden part of New York.

Yet with all of the resources at Mulvaney's disposal, a puzzling crime compels him to ask his former partner for help. A chorus girl has been found dead on a Broadway stage dressed as the lead. There is no sign of violence. The coroner would call it a suicide, but then she'd be the second actress to die that way in only days.

Following on the heels of Pintoff's Edgar Award–winning debut, A Curtain Falls is a moody and evocative tale that follows Ziele as he scours the streets in search of a true fiend.

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“Stefanie Pintoff shows how the best in historical fiction not only unveils our past, but shows how our modern concerns evolved. . . . Her detailed characters and gripping plot about greed, jealousy, and obsession for fame set A Curtain Falls on a higher plane.” —Oline Cogdill, Sun-Sentinel

“This worthy sequel to Pintoff's acclaimed Edgar Award–winning debut, In the Shadow of Gotham, brings to life New York's theater world at the turn of the twentieth century and the fledgling science of criminology. Fans of Caleb Carr will like this one.” —Library Journal (starred review) on A Curtain Falls

Publishers Weekly
Set in New York City in 1906, Pintoff's worthy sequel to her Edgar-finalist debut, In the Shadow of Gotham (2009), finds Det. Simon Zeile pursuing another sensational case. When chorus girl Annie Germaine turns up dead on a Manhattan theatrical stage, dressed in the outfit of the company's leading lady, Broadway impresario Charles Frohman asks the authorities to keep the tragedy as quiet as possible so the news won't affect the box office receipts. Next to Annie's body, which shows no marks of violence, is a cryptic note. Zeile soon learns that another actress, presumed to be a suicide, was found dead on another stage three weeks earlier, dressed up with a similar note next to her body. Certain that a serial killer is at work, the detective again consults criminologist Alistair Sinclair, who helped him investigate in the previous book. A larger pool of suspects would have benefited the plot, but the convincing period detail and expert storytelling will hook most readers. (May)
Library Journal
It's boom times in 1906 New York City, and the theater world is thriving. When a chorus girl is found dead on a Broadway stage, Capt. Declan Mulvaney asks his former partner Simon Ziele to help out. With the help of criminologist Alistair Sinclair and his daughter-in-law, Ziele must use all of his investigative powers, along with Sinclair's insights into motive and society, to solve this one. VERDICT This worthy sequel to Pintoff's acclaimed Edgar Award-nominated debut, In the Shadow of Gotham, brings to life New York's theater world at the turn of the 20th century and the fledgling science of criminology. Fans of Caleb Carr will like this one. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 1/10; library marketing.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312573218
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Series:
Simon Ziele Series, #2
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
504,726
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Stefanie Pintoff is the author of In the Shadow of Gotham and Secret of the White Rose. In the Shadow of Gotham is the winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and the Washington Irving Book Prize, and she has earned nominations for the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards. She is also a graduate of Columbia University Law School and has a Ph.D. in literature from New York University. Now a full-time writer, she lives with her husband and daughter on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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A Curtain Falls (Simon Ziele Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
EdNY More than 1 year ago
Stefanie Pintoff, the 2010 winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author for her book In the Shadow of Gotham, takes a new approach to crime. Her two books take place in New York City in the early 1900s, a time when forensic science is beginning to be used to solve crimes. In both of her books, Simon Ziele, a detective formerly in Manhattan and now residing in upstate Dobson, NY is called upon to solve a murder. He is assisted by noted criminologist Alistair Sinclair and his niece Isabella. Sinclair, a renowned professor at Columbia University, spends his time studying criminal behavior and tries to understand the criminal mind in order to understand the crime. In In the Shadow of Gotham, Sarah Wingate is brutally murdered in her own bedroom. After just one day of investigation, Simon is contacted by Alistair, who offers a startling claim about one of his patients, Michael Fromley-that the facts of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to Fromley's deranged mutterings. But what would have led Fromley, with his history of violent behavior and brutal fantasies, to seek out Sarah, a notable mathematics student and a proper young lady who has little in common with his previous targets? Is Fromley really a murderer, or is someone mimicking him? A Curtain Falls finds Ziele investigating the murders of Broadway starlets. Each actress is dressed in a leading actress' costume, posed in a glamorous position on stage and murdered without leaving any marks on her body. A note is left beside each body. Where will this serial killer strike next? Stefanie Pintoff is a mystery writer to watch. I couldn't put either book down. Her writing is descriptive. Her characters generate emotion, whether it is the likable Ziele or the elusive criminal. Her plot is intriguing and unlike many mysteries, the conclusion makes sense. It is interesting to note how fingerprints and psychological profiling are treated at the time...with skepticism. If you are looking for a new name in mysteries, Stefanie Pintoff is the name you are looking for. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the author's first book; this second is even better! Pintoff's debut won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and she continues her high standards in this follow up. Memorable characters, great suspense, and a rich historical setting make for a terrific read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1904, New York City residents are stunned by the tragic sinking of General Slocum. Like so many locals, NYPD partners detectives Simon Ziele and Declan Mulvaney are impacted by the calamity. Simon's fiancée died with the sinking; he quit the force and left the city moving to Dobson up the Hudson. Declan stayed with NYPD until now in 1906 he is a captain. Needing someone he trusts, Mulvaney asks Ziele, who just watched in disgust a jury set free a spouse killer, to investigate the murder of a Broadway chorus girl; the second such homicide made to look like a suicide near the Garrick Theater on West Thirty-Fifth in the last few weeks. Ziele believes a serial killer is loose. The cops arrest a suspect, but Ziele thinks the wrong man has been brought in. He and criminologist Alistair Sinclair investigate the murders. The latest Ziele historical police procedural (see In the Shadow of Gotham) is an excellent period piece with a strong whodunit. Readers will enjoy the cankerous camaraderie between Ziele and Sinclair who respect each other professionally but also distrust one another personally especially with the former guilt-laden attracted to the latter's widow daughter-in-law. With insight into the beginnings of the Great White Way becoming the American Theater District inside a strong cop case, Stefanie Pintoff provides sub-genre fans with another superb early twentieth century mystery. Harriet Klausner
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firesidereader2 More than 1 year ago
I am delighted to have found this author!  Too long without finding a fresh voice, replete with interesting characters and authoritative historical details tied together with an intriguing plot.  Definitely recommended!
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I enjoyed the first book, "In The Shadow Of Gotham" but this book was even better!!! I didn't think that could be possible because the 1st book was so good but this book was great as well & I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. So glad I discovered Stefanie Pintoff!
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