On January 1, 1892, the first immigrant ship arrived on Ellis Island. For those on board, the journey was full of sorrow and hardship. From cross the expanse of Europe, they left their families and homes behind, seeking a new beginning in the land of opportunity. But what often awaited then were corrupt government officials, ruthless sweatshop owners, and callous slumlords, all eager to exploit the immigrants' plight for their own profit.
There is plenty of profit to be made in New York City during America's "Gilded Age." Infamous Tammany Hall controls the police department, selling positions of every rank. The police, in turn, operate as a profitmaking enterprise, investigating crimes only when the price is right - and all the while collecting graft from the city's seamier businesses.
But when Christina vanishes, what began as background research for Webb's next book becomes a tireless search for the girl. Stalled by uncaring bureaucrats, his quest takes him from the Battery's Barge Office, where hustlers prey on new immigrants, to the Tenderloin's notorious vice district. Webb even makes use of a new invention, the moving picture camera. When his investigation takes him to Colden House, a shelter for abused women, Webb learns the harsh reality of how the other half truly lives and meets reformer Rebecca Davies.
When he uncovers white slavery and murder, Webb realizes hoe far the powerful will go to protect their illicit enterprises. With Rebecca's help, he is determined to stand against the corrupt criminal and political machine - and prove that justice doesn't come at a price.
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The opening of Ellis Island to the first immigrants on New Year's Day in 1892 is wonderfully imagined, but the characters are not fully rounded and the story of immigrant girls arriving in the US alone is rather one-sided.| Read Full Review of Island Of Tears
In his search Webb meets an uncommon woman, Rebecca Davies, whose wealthy family supports a refuge for battered women and who actually puts in time and works at this refuge.| Read Full Review of Island Of Tears
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