“Will remind many of Caleb Carr at his best.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The author has inevitably been compared to Caleb Carr. . . . She does an outstanding job of blending historical detail with engaging characters and a suspenseful plot.” The Denver Post
“Pintoff excavates a rich vein of early criminology. . . . She also delivers a gripping detective story.” Booklist
“Nicely contrasts academic theorizing with the reality of police detection set against the backdrop of a vividly depicted turn-of-the-century Gotham. Recommend to readers who enjoy historicals of this period, such as Caleb Carr's The Alienist and Ann Stamos's Bitter Tide.” Library Journal (starred review)
Pintoff's debut, winner of the first Minotaur Books/MWA Best First Crime Novel award, will remind many of Caleb Carr at his best. The wreck of the steamship General Slocum in 1904 cost Det. Simon Ziele of the New York City police both his fiancée and the full use of his right arm. In response to those losses, Ziele has abandoned big-city policing for the quiet dullness of Dobson, a town in Westchester County, but a brutal murder interrupts his retreat from the world. Someone slashes and bludgeons to death Sarah Wingate, a Columbia mathematics graduate student whose brilliance evoked jealousy in her peers, in her home under circumstances that resemble the notorious murders of Lizzie Borden's parents. Ziele's investigation is soon co-opted by Alistair Sinclair, a student of criminology who's convinced he knows the culprit's identity. The period detail, characterizations and plotting are all top-notch, and Ziele has enough depth to carry a series. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Detective Simon Ziele fled New York City for Westchester County following the death of his fiancA©e in the 1904 General Slocum disaster, but he finds he can't escape violent death when he takes on the case of a young Columbia graduate student murdered while visiting her aunt. Ziele is approached by criminologist Alistair Sinclair, who claims to know the identity of the killer. The first winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competion nicely contrasts academic theorizing with the reality of police detection set against the backdrop of a vividly depicted turn-of-the-century Gotham. Recommend to readers who enjoy historicals of this period, such as Caleb Carr's The Alienist and Ann Stamos's Bitter Tide. For all collections. [A Minotaur First Edition Selection.]
Jo Ann Vicarel
A detective and several criminologists track a madman from the Palisades to the Bowery in a debut set in 1905. After the tragic loss of his fiancee, Detective Simon Ziele heads north from New York City for the village calm of Dobson. That calm is suddenly shattered by a vicious murder in one of the town's stateliest homes. A young woman, Sarah Wingate, is butchered; a maid and likely witness, Stella Gibson, is missing. But within hours, Ziele has a surprising lead. Columbia criminologist Prof. Alistair Sinclair is studying a psychopath whose macabre fantasies exactly match the details of the crime. With his daughter-in-law Isabella and the rest of his research team, Alistair has been trying to rehabilitate Michael Fromley, but he's escaped. Ziele joins them to hunt for Fromley and follows other leads as well. Gradually they piece together the details of Sarah's life. She was a suffragette and a brilliant mathematician on the verge of solving the famed Riemann Hypothesis with the help of Prof. Angus MacDonald, her mentor and secret love. Other graduate students resented her success, but none seems capable of this brutality. Fromley stays two steps ahead of the team, taunting them and meting out more violence until his body washes up in the Hudson, proving that he died before Sarah Wingate-and that Ziele, Alistair and Isabelle are tracking a killer even more calculating and vicious than they imagined. In a setting rich with period detail, the Gothic horror spirals to a satisfying conclusion.