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The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
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Apr 06, 12

Read in April, 2012

New York City in 1845 was a tumultuous place, filled with political upheaval and radicalism. When the Great Potato Famine struck Ireland and thousands of Irish Catholics washed upon the shores of Manhattan, religious turmoil was added to the already volatile city. In The Gods of Gotham, Lyndsay Faye transports readers to this riotous time and place. Timothy Wilde has been struggling for years, working as a bartender and saving his money in hopes of winning Mercy Underhill, the girl of his dreams, and finally getting out of the city. Unfortunately, a fire breaks out and consumes not only all of Tim’s belongings and savings but a good part of the city too. His older brother, and only living relative, is a political activist/fireman/thug secures a job for himself and Tim as policemen in the newly formed and not well received police force. Tim quickly finds himself attempting to find the depraved “man in the black hood” that is mutilating the city’s “kinchen mabs”, or child prostitutes. The young bodies are being found mutilated with what seems to be a symbol of a cross that in fact eviscerates the victim. Investigative techniques have not yet been discovered and the new “Copper Stars” were created to prevent crime, not solve crimes, leaving Tim and his cohorts free to be creative in pursing the murderer. Filled with period language and detail, The God’s of Gotham is a unique look into the history of a legendary city, its police force, and is a page turning thriller as well. Let’s hope Faye is at work on a sequel!
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Anne Sounds great and similar to the truth of all things that I am reading.

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