In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff
(Detective Simon Ziele)

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Dobson, New York, 1905.

Detective Simon Ziele lost his fiancée in the General Slocum ferry disaster—a thousand perished on that summer day in 1904 when an onboard fire burned the boat down in the waters of the East River. Still reeling from the tragedy, Ziele transferred to a police department north of New York, to escape the city and all the memories it conjured.

But only a few months into his new life in a quiet country town, he’s faced with the most shocking homicide of his career to date: Young Sarah Wingate has been brutally murdered in her own bedroom in the middle of an otherwise calm and quiet winter afternoon. After just one day of investigation, Simon’s contacted by Columbia University’s noted criminologist Alistair Sinclair, who offers a startling claim about one of his patients, Michael Fromley—that the facts of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to Fromley’s deranged mutterings.

But what would have led Fromley, with his history of violent behavior and brutal fantasies, to seek out Sarah, a notable mathematics student and a proper young lady who has little in common with his previous targets? Is Fromley really a murderer, or is someone mimicking him?

This is what Simon Ziele must find out, with the help of the brilliant but self-interested Alistair Sinclair—before the killer strikes again.

With this taut, atmospheric, and original story of a haunted man who must search for a killer while on the run from his own demons, Stefanie Pintoff’s In the Shadow of Gotham marks the debut of an outstanding new talent, the inaugural winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America Best First Crime Novel Competition.

In the Shadow of Gotham is the winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

About Stefanie Pintoff

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Stefanie Pintoff is the author of A Curtain Falls and In the Shadow of Gotham. In the Shadow of Gotham is the winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and the Washington Irving Book Prize, and she has earned nominations for the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards. She is also a graduate of Columbia University Law School and has a Ph.D. in literature from New York University. Now a full-time writer, she lives with her husband and daughter on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
Published May 11, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 385 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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A detective and several criminologists track a madman from the Palisades to the Bowery in a debut set in 1905.

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Her first novel, In the Shadow of Gotham, gained rave reviews and boasted no less than Bill Clinton as a fan, going on to win a plethora of awards including the Edgar for Best First Mystery, the Minotaur Books/MWA Best First Crime Novel Award, and a Reviewers Choice Award Nomination for Best Firs...

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As is often the case, the mystery element only works because of the wilful blindness of the lead detective – even back then, I think a New York cop would have been a bit more forceful about following his nose or his gut, and not quite so taken in by academic superiority.

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Review: Stefanie Pintoff introduces young police detective Simon Ziele investigating a brutal murder among New York's upper class in In the Shadow of Gotham, which won the Mystery Writers of America / St. Martin's Minotaur First Crime Novel Award in 2008.Set in late 1905, Simon Ziele is the new p...

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I can’t fault her in the plotting, but the pace at which it unfolds deflates it a bit, and gives you time to start anticipating some of the bigger shocks.

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