When an explosion kills wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke, police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt presumes that anarchists are responsible and personally asks detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to track them down. Malloy is up to the task, but he faces a different kind of challenge when he encounters Sarah Brandt paying a condolence call on the Van Dykes.
Faced with the impossibility of ever expressing his true feelings for Sarah, Frank had vowed never to see or work with her again. For her part, Sarah is glad to be working with Malloy once again in his hunt for a dangerous killer, though they clash over his conviction that the murder was politically motivated. Frank would like to dismiss her concerns, but whether he likes it or not he needs Sarah's help, because, as he is about to discover, the marble facades of Fifth Avenue hide as many dark and twisted secrets as any tenement on the Lower East Side.
©2004 Victoria Thompson (P)2016 Tantor
"An entertaining mix of history and mystery...." (Booklist)
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"Best of series so far!"
I have enjoyed listening to this series. There is an interesting combination of history, interesting characters, and always a good mystery. But I believe this is the best one in the series so far. I think Victoria Thompson has hit her stride here, with this being a really good balance of characters' stories with action.
This particular episode involves the death of a wealthy man, and then-police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt asks detective Frank Malloy to handle this case personally. Naturally, he can't manage that without his friend Sarah Brandt finding ways to be where he is, and help him solve the crime. What I love about this particular book is the details. The history--of the Anarchists who terrorized wealthy people at that time, and the insights into the early movement for teaching deaf children to sign and lip read, are interesting. And I like that the author has expanded the characters somewhat to include seeing more of Sarah Brandt's mother, and little Aggie, a child she loves who lives in a mission. I see this as a good move for the books in the future (or at least I hope we'll see [hear] more of them in future stories.
A word about the narration. I have not felt until now that Callie Beaulieu has been the best narrator for these books. But I am happy to say that I felt her narration of this book was quite good. I'm not sure what's different, but the entire listening experience was very nicely done. I really enjoyed this whole book, and recommend it!
Great story love the plot and the sequence in these stories - looking forward for the next one
I use audio books to help me fall asleep, but I also enjoy the stories. The plot in this one was quite good, and ended in a satisfying way (which means a lot to me.) Only one writing mannerism bothered me: the repeated use of "...s/he tried" following dialogue in which the speaker is attempting to nudge the other person toward the speaker's point of view. One use of this would have been good. After that, it's as if the author thought it was an irresistibly clever new toy, and the annoying repetition detracted from my immersion in the story.
The narration of this book was tolerable for the most part, but in some areas it sounded aggressive and angry when a lighter, more pleasant tone would have been much more appropriate. It is not exactly a theatrical-quality reading.
In spite of my criticisms, I will read more of this author's books with this narrator.
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