31 Bond Street

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HarperCollins Canada, Jul 1, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Though there are no witnesses and no clues, when Dr. Harvey Burdell is found dead in his lower Manhattan townhouse, fingers point to Emma Cunningham, the refined, pale-skinned widow who managed Burdell's house and his servants. Rumoured to be a black-hearted gold digger with designs on the doctor's name and fortune, Emma is immediately put under house arrest during the murder investigation. A swift conviction is sure to catapult flamboyant district attorney Abraham Oakey Hall into the mayor's seat. But one formidable obstacle stands in his way: the defence attorney Henry Clinton. Committed to justice and the law, Clinton will aid the vulnerable widow in her desperate fight to save herself from the gallows.

Set in 1857 New York, this gripping mystery is also a richly detailed excavation of a lost age. Horan vividly recreates a tumultuous era characterized by a sensationalist press, aggressive new wealth, a booming real-estate market, racial conflict, economic inequality between men and women, and the erosion of the old codes of behaviour. A tale of murder, sex, greed and politics, this spellbinding narrative transports us to a time that eerily echoes our own.

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User Review  - bookswoman - LibraryThing

There is a great deal to like about this book, and just a bit to dislike. I loved the story, I loved the fact that it is partially based on a true murder in the 1850's in New York City, I loved the ... Read full review

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User Review  - julie10reads - LibraryThing

Fictional account of a real-life murder in pre-Civil War New York that depicts the sad lot of unprotected (single, widowed) women. I felt that the author accurately portrayed a woman's options of the ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

A photo editor for books and magazines, Ellen Horan has worked on staff and in a freelance capacity for many publications, including Vanity Fair, Vogue, House & Garden, Forbes, and ARTnews, as well as for a number of book publishers. 31 Bond Street is her first novel.

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