On Sale: May 7, 2019
Featuring: Gilda Carr; Mrs. Copeland
Hardcover / e-Book
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Science Fiction Alternate History
A young detective who specializes in â€śtiny mysteriesâ€ť finds
herself at the center of a massive conspiracy in this
beguiling historical fantasy set on Manhattanâ€™s Westsideâ€”a
peculiar and dangerous neighborhood home to strange magic
and stranger residentsâ€”that blends the vivid atmosphere of
Caleb Carr with the imaginative power of Neil Gaiman.
Itâ€™s 1921, and a thirteen-mile fence running the length of
Broadway splits the island of Manhattan, separating the
prosperous Eastside from the Westsideâ€”an overgrown wasteland
whose hostility to modern technology gives it the flavor of
old New York. Thousands have disappeared here, and the
respectable have fled, leaving behind the killers, thieves,
poets, painters, drunks, and those too poor or desperate to
It is a hellish landscape, and Gilda Carr proudly calls it home.
Slightly built, but with a will of iron, Gilda follows in
the footsteps of her late father, a police detective turned
private eye. Unlike that larger-than-life man, Gilda solves
tiny mysteries: the impossible puzzles that keep us awake at
night; the small riddles that destroy us; the questions that
spoil marriages, ruin friendships, and curdle joy. Those
tiny cases distract her from her grief, and the one
impossible question she knows she canâ€™t answer: â€śHow did my
Yet on Gildaâ€™s Westside, tiny mysteries end in bloodâ€”even
the case of a missing white leather glove. Mrs. Copeland, a
well-to-do Eastside housewife, hires Gilda to find it before
her irascible merchant husband learns it is gone. When Gilda
witnesses Mr. Copelandâ€™s murder at a Westside pier, she
finds herself sinking into a mire of bootlegging, smuggling,
corruptionâ€”and an evil too dark to face.
All she wants is to find one dainty ladiesâ€™ glove. She
doesnâ€™t want to know why this merchant was on the wrong side
of townâ€”or why he was murdered in cold blood. But as she
begins to see the connection between his murder, her
fatherâ€™s death, and the darkness plaguing the Westside, she
faces the hard truth: she must save her city or die with it.
Introducing a truly remarkable female detective, Westside is
a mystery steeped in the supernatural and shot through with
gunfights, rotgut whiskey, and sizzling Dixieland jazz. Full
of dazzling color, delightful twists, and truly thrilling
action, it announces the arrival of a wonderful new talent.
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