Book of the Week & Hypermodern Collectible: In the Shadow of Gotham

In the Shadow of Gotham, Stefanie Pintoff
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition (April 28, 2009)

This is the author's debut novel. It won the Mystery Writers' Association Edgar Award for Best First Crime Novel, and is nominated for the Agatha and Anthony Awards for Best First Novel.

The book won rave reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.
The wreck of the steamship General Slocum in 1904 cost Det. Simon Ziele of the New York City police both his fiancĂ©e and the full use of his right arm. In response to those losses, Ziele has abandoned big-city policing for the quiet dullness of Dobson, a town in Westchester County, but a brutal murder interrupts his retreat from the world. Someone slashes and bludgeons to death Sarah Wingate, a Columbia mathematics graduate student whose brilliance evoked jealousy in her peers, in her home under circumstances that resemble the notorious murders of Lizzie Borden's parents. Ziele's investigation is soon co-opted by Alistair Sinclair, a student of criminology who's convinced he knows the culprit's identity. The period detail, characterizations and plotting are all top-notch, and Ziele has enough depth to carry a series. [PW starred review]
Unsigned editions can be found for $30 online. Signed editions list from $50 to $225.

Read more about the book and it's author at Stefanie Pintoff's Web site.

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