The Gods of Gotham
Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds hi ...more
Notes: It revels in period authenticity, though its heroes’ progressive social attitudes feel too twenty-first century for the era.
A swarm of emigrants gushes ceaselessly onto the South Street docks “the entire block consisted of Irish and dogs and rats sharing the same fleas” - that they’re Catholics makes them all the m ...more
1) Can you walk?
2) Are you a Democrat?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to both of these questions: Congratulations! You are now a police officer for the city of New York.
Timothy Wilde was a bartender who was doing well by the standards of 1845. He had saved some money which he planned on using for his dream of purchasing a ferry boat and asking the woman he was in love with to marry him. However, a devastating fire leaves him homeless, unemployed, penniless ...more
Hope, I've discovered, is a sad nuisance. Hope is a horse with a broken leg. ~The Gods of Gotham, Lyndsay FayeNew York City, 1845. Helped by an explosion of combustible saltpeter, a great fire has once again decimated Lower Manhattan, claiming the lives of four fireman and 26 civilians.
Across the Atlantic, a terrible potato blight is beginning to take its toll, and shiploads of desperate, starving Irish pour into the city despised for their race and religion. Despite having traveled so far, wo ...more
This one deals with a LOT of difficult topics. There's a hell of a lot of anti-Irish sentiment, because it's set in New York in the 1840s, right at the time when there was a huge influx of Irish immigrants due to the Famine. (ETA: Reading it this week with the Cheeto-in-Chief's bullshit Muslim ban was actually kind of a horrifying reminder that there's ALWAYS been an immigrant population that's discriminated against and that the existing popul ...more
"I'd known before meeting her that women were capable of writing murder across their eyelids and then sweetly blinking at a fellow, but I'd not seen it. It's pretty daunting, when it's done proper."
It's 1845 New York and the BIG fire has just wiped out part of the city as well as bartender Tim Wilde and his stash of $400 saved over the last ten years (to win over the love of his life).......Now disfigured with nowhere to turn, the good natured Tim reluctantly accepts a job from his...more
New York back in the mid 19th century sounds like a shit hole. Probably no more or less than any other major city at that time but what a melting pot of emotions mixing so many different types of characters with differing ethnic backgrounds into a relatively small space. It's not going to end well!
Although this is what drew me in; I love a bit of historical fiction taking me to a different time and place and even better when I don't know a great deal about that era. This novel layers the atm ...more
A couple of years ago, Lyndsay Faye's clever Sherlock Holmes/Jack The Ripper thriller Dust and Shadow made CCLaP's best-of-the-year lists, and with me specifically saying at the time that I was looking forward to a wholly original creation from this engaging, smart author; and now that original creation is ...more
Timothy Wilde, I love you. I want to be your woman. Poor man. I'm a sucker for a guy who is so tough, he's willing to fight 50 men by himself, even though he knows he's going to die, in try ...more
The setting is early 19th century antebellum New York City. I've read a bunch of scholarly studies on the era and region, and was absolutely blown-away by all the accurate details Faye managed to explore: w ...more
"The Gods of Gotham" is impossible to put down once taken up.
I am listening to the audiobook narrated by Steven Boyer. Every word is clear, even though the speed is rapid. The Irish brogue is just perfect for the time and setting. There is a glossary in the ...more
"After a fire disseminates a swathe of lower Manhattan, and following years of passionate political dispute, New York City at long last forms an official Police Department. The same summer the great potato famine hits Ireland. These events will change the city of New York forever.
Lyndsay Faye does an amazing job of bringing to life the sense of time and place of 1845 New York City. You certainly get a feel for this city and its people.
My guess is that The Gods of Gotham will most often be compared to The Alienist. Both books are cut from the same cloth ...more
Faye weaves a wonderful and multi-layered tale in a Gothic setting that is sure to appeal to those who appreciate a good mystery/piece of historical fiction. In addition to an engaging main plot, Faye manages a number of subplots that compliment rather than distract for the primary story line. And while a few of the secondary/supporting characters bordered on cliches, the key characters felt fresh and well-drawn (for ...more
This book has been lying on my TBR for quite a while; I don't know why it took me such a long time to finally pick it book, as the blurb has been very appealing. I'm a huge fan of historical crime and thriller stories and I was thus very excited about this book. When I finally managed to pick it up, I wasn't decieved.
Lyndsay Faye is a great writer. With the perfect use of an old language and an amazing historical knowledge, she managed to suck me right into the city of New York in 1845. ...more
I loved the way she brought the old New York back to life. She really brought home the way the Irish were treated during the potato famine. The Irish part of my family came to New York State during that period. I don't know if they ever lived in New York City. They did ...more
He wasn't in front of me any longer. He was a thousand and a thousand and a thousand miles away. It was a ransomed look. One he'd never before showed me. And since he'd never shown me, I'd never known it was there.
Rep: mc with burn scars, bi side character
I read this book first a year ago, on someone's recommendation, and the Wilde brothers killed me then. Rereading it now, it's even worse. Because you know everything that's going to happen to them, in this book and in later books, and they' ...more
Gods of Gotham does have a Flash Dictionary, and the prose is quite poetic, however when it came to this book my concerns were little more than foibles. Sure Gods of Gotham isn't your typically whodunnit thriller, but is stocked well with drama at a good pace.
While at times I was worried the substance would disappear behind the l ...more
Good combination historical fiction and mystery. I find a lot of cop mystery books predictable at best and this one didn't have any major wow moments but the writing was excellent and I loved it as a period piece.
Looking forward to the next one.
Lyndsay Faye spins a tale that immerses the reader in New York City of 1845. The details are rich, well researched, and never superfluous; everything serves the interest of the story, in this case the formation of New York City's first police force. When one of those pioneering "copper stars" accepts the burden of investigating a truly horrific series of murders, he takes a personal and professional journey that shows him the many faces of religious and racial confl ...more
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