Gilded Age Mystery
On Sale: January 30, 2018
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Heiress Prudence MacKenzie is a valuable partner to attorney
Geoffrey Hunter, despite the fact that women are not
admitted to the bar in New York’s Gilded Age. And though
their office is a comfortable distance from the violence
that haunts the city’s slums, the firm of Hunter and
MacKenzie is about to come dangerously close to an
unstoppable killer . . .
LIES THAT COMFORT AND BETRAY
The murders in Whitechapel are shocking enough to make news
worldwide, and in the autumn of 1888, Geoffrey and Prudence
find the stories in the New York Herald quite
unsettling. But London is not the only city to be terrorized
by a mad butcher.
Nora Kenny makes the occasional journey on the Staten Island
ferry to work in Prudence’s Fifth Avenue house, just as her
mother once served Prudence’s mother. As little girls, they
played freely together, before retreating into their
respective social classes. Still, they remain fond of each
other. But when Nora slips away to Saint Anselm’s one chilly
Saturday to confess her sins and never returns, Prudence is
alarmed. And when Nora’s body is discovered in a local park,
Prudence is devastated.
Nora will not be the only young woman to fall victim, but
the police are uncertain what they are dealing with. Has the
Ripper sailed across the Atlantic to find a new hunting
ground? Is some disturbed soul copying his crimes? A former
Pinkerton agent, Geoffrey intends to step in where the New
York Metropolitan Police seem to be failing, and Prudence is
just as determined to protect the poor, vulnerable females
being targeted. But a killer with a disordered mind and an
incomprehensible motive may prove too elusive for even this
experienced pair to outwit.
From the author of What the Dead Leave Behind, this
is a suspenseful and richly atmospheric mystery that
captures both the elegance and sophistication of
nineteenth-century New York, and the secrets and bloody
terrors that lurked behind its gilded facades.
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