Set in 1840s New York City, this book is full of lush descriptions, a fascinating collection of characters, and it’s beautifully written. Difficult topics (child prostitution, serial killing, racial and ethnic prejudice) abound, but it’s all in the context of the newly-created police department. On top of all that, the mystery is excellent.
The audiobook was narrated by Steven Boyer, and I had my doubts about his delivery after the first few chapters. However, he redeemed himself with entertaining accents and his pace was quick but clear. Plus, the use of the local cant (slang) constantly reminded me of Nathan Fillion’s Captain Mal in “Serenity,” which was a nice visual.
I highly recommend this to all historical novel and historical mystery readers.