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by Lyndsay Faye

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Lyndsay Faye
Headline Publishing Group (March 1, 2012)
Genre Fiction
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Also by lyndsay faye. The Gods of Gotham: Historical Afterword.

Also by lyndsay faye. Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

blished police force. That is, I liked it until the last part of the book, when Timothy finds out about Mercy Underhill and solves the crimes.

The Gods of Gotham book. Hope is a horse with a broken leg. ~ The Gods of Gotham, Lyndsay Faye. New York City forms its first police force  . 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.

Lyndsay Faye’s exquisite new novel, The Gods of Gotham, plunges us into the teeming, sordid streets of old New York

Lyndsay Faye’s exquisite new novel, The Gods of Gotham, plunges us into the teeming, sordid streets of old New York. But this is no Whartonian idyll-Faye’s Manhattan is a raucous underworld of criminals and chiselers, the infamous Five Points, where thieves speak their own argot, the sanitation department consists of free-running pigs, and Tammany-backed ‘dead rabbits’ rule with an iron fist. In this vivid and impeccably crafted adventure, newly minted ‘copper star’ Timothy Wilde is the only man who can solve a series of gruesome murders plaguing Gotham. Faye’s prose crackles with historical.

Lyndsay Faye is an American author.

Lyndsay Faye’s new novel, The Gods of Gotham, is set in the slums of 19th-century New York, where a serial .

Lyndsay Faye’s new novel, The Gods of Gotham, is set in the slums of 19th-century New York, where a serial killer is butchering child prostitutes. Continue reading the main story.

Lyndsay Faye is the author of critically acclaimed Dust and Shadow and the Timothy Wilde trilogy: the Edgar Award-nominated The Gods of Gotham, Seven For A Secret and The Fatal Flame. She is featured in Best American Mystery Stories 2010. Faye, a true New Yorker in the sense that she was born elsewhere, lives in Queens with her husband Gabriel.

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Some ritual slayings of young children are uncovered, with a cross carved into the dead bodies.

  • These books are perfection. I've read all three and this review applies equally to all of them. The plotlines are detailed and interesting, the environments are incredibly rich, and I cannot say enough about the characters. All of the characters come to life- even the secondary characters are fully developed, but the main characters in particular are just incredibly well done. I have to comment in particular on the author's style of writing. I read a LOT, and I've never experienced this before. I hesitate to say that the prose sounds like poetry, because I don't like poetry, but that's the closest I can come to describing it. When you're reading these books, at times it's almost like the words just carry you along like a breeze. That sounds cheesy, but I don't know how else to describe it- the author has a talent I've never had the pleasure of coming across anywhere else before. These books would have rated five stars from me even without this added bonus, but they are worth the read for this experience alone. If I were forced to make a criticism, the only one I could come up with would be that I would have liked to have seen more of Valentine in the books. His presence is felt often in the background, and he is possibly the most interesting character in the books, and when the brothers are interacting it is always entertaining, so I would have loved to have seen more of him. Really though, even that is more of a compliment than a criticism.

  • Absolutely BRILLIANT historical fiction! WOW! Faye has and does it all: her language is fluid and melodious; her work's historical accuracy and her attention to detail are downright academic; the characters she creates are multi-dimensional and continue to grow throughout the novel; etc, etc.

    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: women's entrance into the workforce (and piece-work, that kept many off the streets but in constant poverty), racism and racial-based violence, political battles between the Democrats and the Whigs, 19th century medical practices, the formation of a police force and the conflict this caused, a lot more, and most of all, a quite believable portrait of what 19th century New York was like to live in.

    I love, love, LOVE New York. It is my soul-city. And I, as any reader probably, have often wondered what it would be like to have lived at some point past (or future?) - have been there, in fact, by reading. <i>The Gods of Gotham</i> is a complete immersion into a fully fleshed out, entirely plausible, compelling rendering of 19th century New York City. And it's absolutely fascinating, especially if you love that time period or the City: there are the rural locations east of 5th Ave, there are people in the streets pumping water, there are firemen brigades which basically rule the city like mafiosos (until the police force steps in, tentatively, during this period).

    The novel is not perfect: it's definitely "genre" fiction - it follows all the plot rules, and Faye takes no creative license beyond her absolutely beautiful use of language. But, this language is almost too poetic: it's a strange thing for me to say, because I value that above almost all else as I read, but at times it was hard to believe that all cops, madams, spinsters, dock-workers, etc, spoke in such exalted tongues. Also, the mystery itself is not the most compelling, and the ending, as these things tend to, tries to "twist" one too many times, just for the sake of novelty.

    Still, highly enjoyed as a ticket to antebellum NYC!

  • This book was such a pleasant surprise. The author uses a language called "flash," which takes a bit of getting used to. It's kind of like reading "A Clockwork Orange," which contained a made up language. Once you see the words used several times in context, you begin to feel comfortable with them and the reading goes faster.

    The characters are what make this book so fantastic. The central character, Timothy, is endearing and cunning at the same time. He is a product of his time, which is pre-civil war New York. In many ways, the world he inhabits is very similar to ours in that the populace is being riled up against foreigners and there is a strong nationalistic fervor. Maybe that's one reason it hit so close to home for me. I also came to like Timothy's brother, Valentine, by the end of the book, although he is a nasty character overall. We come to see why, though, which makes him more sympathetic.

    I unreservedly recommend this book.

  • Well-researched history of New York circa 1845, immersing the reader in the colors and flavors and "feel" of New York City during the great Irish Immigration; the formation of the New York Police Department, whose officers sported a copper star; and the developing Fire Department, who faced frequent huge disaster with little but its own bravado. We follow Timothy Wilder and his brother, Valentine, who were orphaned at a young age, as they struggle to survive and achieve in their American world. Valentine, the older brother, kept a watch out for Tim and later navigated him when he was a grown man through the raw and ugly world of politics in newly burgeoning New York City.

    New York was overwhelmed with the thousands of immigrants, poor, hungry, and desperate for any kind of work. Social injustice was rampant. Crime was unchecked. Through Valentine, a fireman and a prime mover in the political machinations of the day, Tim finds himself on the newly formed police force, wearing the copper star. The book begins with his description of of a crime for which he must write a report. The report will state facts only, but we, the readers, will get the whole story.

    The English language, always rich, coming from the pen of Lindsay Faye is richer still. It has a slightly different sound and quality. It is crisper; cleaner; so beautiful. She is an exceptional writer. I will definitely read her other books.