Secret of the White Rose: A Novel (Simon Ziele #3)
The murder of Judge Hugo Jackson is out of Detective Simon Zieleâ€™s jurisdiction in more ways than one. For one, its high-profile enough to command the attention of the police commissioner.Â The judge was presiding over the trial of Al Drayson, an anarchist, who set off a bomb at a Carnegie wedding, but instead of killing millionaires, it killed passersby, including a ch
People vs. Drayson is the only headline in 1906 New York City. Everyone’s talking about the horrific anarchist who planted a bomb in a horse carriage in order to take out Andrew Carnegie - make him pay for his ill treatment of U.S. Steel workers. Instead, the bomb only took innocent lives on the street, including that of a child. Judge Hugo Jackson is in the center of this storm as he presides over the case. Every day he receives a new threatening letter and he’s becoming truly terrified.
Main Character: Detective Simon Ziele
Setting: 1906, New York
Obtained Through: LibraryThing for an honest review
The book opens with Simon Ziele being hustled to a murder scene out of his jurisdiction by criminologist Alistair Sinclair. Alistair had gone to law school with murder victim, Judge Hugo Jackson. Since Judge Jackson was presiding over the trial of an anarchist Al Drayson his murder is the highest priority. Drayson planted a bomb to kill indu ...more
Who could have done this? There was speculation about who the culprit could be, and the detectives didn’t think someone had acted alone. Every detective that had some connection to a group or a family member who may have some connections was involved in the case. "Get to it gentlemen. ...more
A prominent judge, in the case of an anarchist who is responsible for a bomb attack, is murdered. The assumption by the police commissioner is that it is an anarchist plot, but police detective Simon Ziele is not so sure, there are some compelling pieces of evidence that are not consistent with an anarchist plot. Then another judge is murdered and the same strange evidence, a white rose and ...more
I didn't enjoy this boo ...more
This book is the third in Stefanie Pintoff's series. I enjoyed the first two books & enjoyed this one as well. I'm hoping that she'll even try for a fourth. I like the characters, the time period & the fact that it takes place in New York City. Add a murder to this combination & it will always have me coming back for more.
If any of you readers are fans of Calab Carr's "The Alienist" and "Angel of Darkness," you should give these a try. But make sure you read them in order. "In the S ...more
(Simon Ziele #3)
Politics and police work are never comfortable bedfellows, and such is the case in the third Simon Ziele novel, The Secret of the White Rose. Detective Ziele is tossed unwillingly into a high profile murder case by his “friend” Criminologist Alistair Sinclair. But Sinclair almost immediately decamps, leaving Ziele to work through the mounting clues which point the finger at Sinclair. Ziele struggles to solve this mystery involving the city ...more
After much tracing and interviewing and analysis the mystery was finally solved. Would I choose to read it again. No. But I did finish it and it was OK. It's in the early 1900's and seems well written in describing the times and procedures. The story held my attention well enough to read to the end, so don't let my opinion stop you from giving it a try ...more
Ok, in the name of full disclosure, I never received the book from St. Martins. Finally got it out of the library.
Finished! I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars. I really enjoyed the book, but there were a lot of references to earlier books. Although they didn't seem important to the plot of this book, I found them a little distracting. I might give her first book a shot.
That being said, I guess I could have missed certain clues that other readers thought obvious, but for me,the mystery was very intriguing and kept me guessing. The historical context that the book is written in is a vivid portrayal of the American immigrant experience in New York. All in all, I enjoyed this book very much, both for the mystery and the history presented.