The Gods of Gotham

The Gods of Gotham

Book - 2012
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1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.

Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, saving every dollar and shilling in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this untested "police force." And he is less than thrilled that his new beat is the notoriously down-and-out Sixth Ward-at the border of Five Points, the world's most notorious slum.

One night while returning from his rounds, heartsick and defeated, Timothy runs into a little slip of a girl--a girl not more than ten years old--dashing through the dark in her nightshift . . . covered head to toe in blood.

Timothy knows he should take the girl to the House of Refuge, yet he can't bring himself to abandon her. Instead, he takes her home, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd Street. Timothy isn't sure whether to believe her or not, but, as the truth unfolds, the reluctant copper star finds himself engaged in a battle for justice that nearly costs him his brother, his romantic obsession, and his own life.

Publisher: New York : Amy Einhorn Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399158377
Characteristics: 414 p. ;,24 cm.


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May 01, 2017

Stick with it! That's the first phrase that comes to mind with this series. The sassy, period "street" language is a bit cumbersome to read, and it bogs down the fast-paced clip of the mystery - but - Stick With It! If you can navigate your way through the novel, you will be rewarded with a clever revelation of the murderer. Character establishment is well thought-out by Faye, and the attention to historical detail is phenomenal. Faye uses colorful description and attentive adjectives to bring her carnival of characters to life. This is a dark and twisted view of New York. A clever read...

KHCPL_Mikayla Jan 06, 2017

I thought this was a very well-written mystery. The twists and turns came quick and intense toward the end, and the setting was detailed with pinpoint accuracy. There was a wide range of characters, almost all morally gray, and I loved the way their lives unfolded with the mysteries. The mystery itself was engaging, and always kept you guessing until the very end. The ending itself was bittersweet, and though I didn't find the small romance to fit into the story quite so well, I thought the resolution of everything was fitting, and very realistic.

Sep 02, 2016

Bartender Timothy Wilde is gravely injured in a 1845 fire/explosion in crowded Manhattan. Worse, his carefully tended nest egg of $400 in gold coins is gone along with his dream of buying some land on Staten Island and starting a ferry. Tim finds himself working for NYC's just-getting-started police department.

Dec 05, 2015

Wsj 5/2015

Jan 10, 2015

Historical fiction. Great look into mid-19th century New York--the corruption, poverty, immigrants, politics and the newly formed police dept. Once I got used to the author's turn of phrase I couldn't put it down.

kevfarley Jul 16, 2014

Very interesting history. Detective mystery O.K.

Mar 27, 2014

This is a blend of history and mystery. The mystery is the garden variety kind but the history is very good. A very well painted picture of the mood, politics, religion and people of New York in 1845.

JCLHopeH Feb 13, 2014

Historical fiction that brings mid-1800s New York City to life with a mystery that revives the prejudices and vitality of an era fading away in the history books. I love how real historical figures are incorporated into the storyline, and the reader's voice is a natural fit for Timothy Wilde.

path111 Jan 13, 2014

I was intrigued by the history woven into the story of NYC during the waves of immigration. Then the Irish were despised and seen as the root of all Gotham's faults. The Nativist reaction, couched in presumed superiority over the "others", has some echo these days as well.

But the book's style seemed contrived. The author insisted on using the street language of the day, and even offered a glossary in the initial pages.

Language and sentence structure were often confusing. To what end? I found myself having to go back and re-read paragraphs to seek clarity about what the author was intending to say.

No, I would not recommend.

Dec 13, 2013

Not only is this an excellent 'whodunnit', it is also a stark presentation of life in those times. The squalid living conditions for the working poor and newly arrived Irish immigrants. The quite vicious political skullduggery and the racial/religious intolerance. Even the newly appointed 'copper', Timothy Wilde has a struggle to survive from day to day.

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