In the Shadow of Gotham

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Penguin Books Limited, Dec 2, 2010 - Fiction - 448 pages
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At the dawn of the twentieth century, a deranged killer is on the prowl.

New York, 1905.

After losing his fiancee in the General Slocum ferry disaster, Detective Simon Ziele transferred to a country town north of Manhattan in the hope of escaping his grief. But only months later he's faced with the shocking murder of a young girl - battered to death in her bedroom on a cold winter's afternoon.

And when Alistair Sinclair, one of Columbia University's most noted criminologists learns about the case, he realises it bears an uncanny resemblance to the deranged mutterings of one his research subjects. Ziele must work with Sinclair to determine whether his patient - with a terrifying history of violent behaviour and brutal fantasies - did indeed seek out this innocent young victim ... before the vicious murderer strikes again.

In the Shadow of Gotham tells the atmospheric and gripping tale of a haunted man who must search for a killer, while on the run from his own demons ...

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User Review  - sageness - LibraryThing

so full of anachronisms. It's supposed to be 1905, not 2005. It's also really obviously a first novel, but it's not a bad premise. Just wish the execution had been better. disability tag - one bad guy ... Read full review

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User Review  - librarian1204 - LibraryThing

I like the setting, NY City and I like the early criminalist characterization. Something seems to drag the story down. Worth the read especially after reading her new book. The continuity from this book to the new one is important. Read full review

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