Monday, June 29, 2009


The novel begins on a winter day in 1905 in a small town just outside New York. The bloody, mutilated body of Sarah Wingate is found in her own bedroom. No one heard anything. No one saw anything. No one knows anything.

Detective Simon Ziele is put on the case. After just one day of investigation, Ziele is contacted by Columbia University's noted criminologist, Alistair Sinclair. Sinclair comes to Ziele with the shocking claim that he knows who the murder is. Michael Fromley, a violent man and the subject of Sinclair's research, has previously described the murder in detail. Ziele is drawn into a spider web of intrigue and betrayal.
-What could have led Formley to single out Sarah, a brilliant mathematician and student who is involved in the women's right-to-vote movement?
-Is Fromley really the murder?
-Could it really be this easy to solve this brutal crime?
-Can Ziele really trust Alistair Sinclair?

The answers to these questions and many others face Simon Ziele in this taut thriller.

I love this book. The voice of the novel is just right. Pintoff certainly did her homework. I felt as if I had boarded a time machine and been transported back to the early 1900's, a time when manners and etiquette were much more a part of daily life. The plot twists and turns keep the reader guessing. What do you think?

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