In the Shadow of Gotham (Simon Ziele Series #1)

In the Shadow of Gotham (Simon Ziele Series #1)

by Stefanie Pintoff
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In the Shadow of Gotham 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
In the Shadow of Gotham is a great opportunity for the reader to retreat into an earlier New York. Interesting characters are involved in an interesting crime, one which offers us many different possibilities in terms of trying to determine the real killer. A previous reviewer disliked the last few pages, and I cannot understand that as the book offers a fairly conventional ending. It's a very good read, do not be put off by one's person's distaste for the ending.
KirstyHaining More than 1 year ago
Atmospheric and richly-detailed, this well-written mystery is set in New York in 1905. Occasional flashes of brilliance in Pintoff's wordcraft are complemented by a likeable detective, a fast pace, and a solid (if slightly predictable) solution. Worthy of its Edgar award. I really liked this book -- highly recommended.
CarolinaTX More than 1 year ago
Outstanding characters whom you hope to meet in a future, longer book. I hated when this one ended. Simon, Alistair and Isabella call out for a series including the three of them. Please Stefanie Pintoff, write another book as hauntiing, perfect and excellent as Shadow. The First Crime Novel Award was truely given to a remarkable author.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the summer of 1904, the steamship General Slocum catches fire in the East River. Many die including the fiancée of NYPD Detective Simon Ziele who also lost the use of his right arm. Distraught, Ziele quits the force, leaves the big city, and accepts a law enforcement position in rustic Dobson in Westchester County just outside the Bronx. However, the quiet community is shocked with the violent murder of Columbia mathematician Sarah Wingate. The culprit in a rage slashed and bashed the graduate student numerous times in her home. Ziele's investigation is superseded by an inquiry by criminologist Alistair Sinclair, who swears he can identify the killer, but must prove it. Readers will understand why the engaging IN THE SHADOW OF GOTHAM won the first Minotaur Books/MWA Best First Crime Novel award. The story line provides the audience with a superb police procedural anchored strongly in early twentieth century Westchester County with entries like the General Slocum calamity and other tidbits. Ziele is a terrific lead character still grieving his loss of his fiancee; so though he ran away from NYPD he buries himself in the investigation. Stefanie Pintoff provides a wonderful historical mystery. Harriet Klausner
CalypsoBella More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable easy read. Not as good as The Alienist, which this has been compared to, but still a decent turn of the century New York who-dun-it. The clues to the villian's identity are definitely there for the reader, and at times it was frustrating that the protagonist didn't see them and was constantly dismissing things that a detective shouldn't dismiss casually. But overall, I enjoyed it. I'll probalby check out her other books from the library unless the NOOK version is as reasonably priced as I got this one for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it slow and boring....not only that, but guessed whom had done the dasterd deed more then halfway through book. Would not recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That really stinks im sorry. Wen i ffeel like that i either listen to music way ti oud or lock myself in a room and play a good video game for the whole day except to p..i..ss and eat. Got a 31 on the chem thing
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