The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye

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23 Critic Reviews

And a scene featuring a character who talks in “flash,” the street slang of the time, is as awkward as a scene in a book set in 1978 in which every third word is “disco.”
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Synopsis

One of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Mystery/Thrillers of the Year

One of Kirkus Reviews' Ten Best Crime Novels of the Year

One of Gillian Flynn's "Recommendations for the Season" on Today

Edgar(R) Award Nominee for Best Novel

ALA Reading List Award for Best Mystery



1845: New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland.



These two events will change New York City forever…



Timothy Wilde tends bar, saving every dollar in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams are destroyed by a fire that devastates downtown Manhattan, he is left with little choice but to accept a job in the newly minted New York City Police Department.


Returning exhausted from his rounds one night, Tim collides with a girl no more than ten years old… covered in blood. She claims that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of Twenty-Third Street. Timothy isn’t sure whether to believe her, but as the image of a brutal killer is slowly revealed and anti-Irish rage infects the city, the reluctant copper star is engaged in a battle that may cost him everything…



 

About Lyndsay Faye

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LYNDSAY FAYE is the author of the critically acclaimed Dust and Shadow, and is featured in The Best American Mystery Stories 2010. Faye, a true New Yorker in the sense that she was born elsewhere, lives in Manhattan with her husband, Gabriel.
 
Published March 15, 2012 by Berkley. 480 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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All: 23 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 15 2012

Displaying the same gift for characterization that refreshed her retelling of the Jack the Ripper case (Dust and Shadow, 2009), Faye crafts a top-notch historical thriller.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Marilyn Stasio on Mar 23 2012

Faye’s canvas is a crowded one, with vibrant characters jumping out of the plot to contribute local color.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Mar 19 2012

One of the most entertaining aspects of The Gods of Gotham is its language: Faye imbues her tale with period criminal slang.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt on Apr 06 2012

THE GODS OF GOTHAM is a vibrant tale that weaves historical facts along with a suspenseful storyline.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Phil Dyess-Nugent on Mar 14 2012

And a scene featuring a character who talks in “flash,” the street slang of the time, is as awkward as a scene in a book set in 1978 in which every third word is “disco.”

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We Love This Book

Below average
Reviewed by Yvann Stephens on Mar 15 2012

The writing is almost too rich at times, stuffed with simile and metaphor, but smooth; the plot is well paced without racing.

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Book Geeks

Below average
Reviewed by Marleen Kennedy on Mar 20 2012

My only reservation about this book concerns the language used by Faye.

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Tottenville Review

Below average
Reviewed by Tom Deignan

In the end, of course, this is a thriller, so those seeking a certain measure of ambiguity, of quotidian insight unrelated to plot, may not get what they are looking for.

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Black Gate

Excellent
Reviewed by William Maynard on Mar 30 2012

The Gods of Gotham is an extraordinary and enthralling work that quickly pulls the reader in on the strength of its characters and the familiarity of a troubled time nearly 200 hundred years in the past that might very well be our own world.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Garret Rose on Mar 15 2012

The interweaving of fiction and reality along with the use of flash dialogues via the 1845 street rat gives the reader an authentic experience that feels genuine and encapsulating.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on Mar 15 2012

Lyndsay Faye has combined a great mystery with a fascinating look at history and engaging characters, all of which kept me up late, rapidly turning 'just one more page'.

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Beth Fish Reads

Good
Reviewed by Beth Fish on Mar 16 2012

Faye's talent is evident on many levels in this historical mystery.

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Between The Covers

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Apr 05 2012

Faye’s talent as a writer shows in just how much history she was able to include in The Gods of Gotham without it feeling forced or overbearing–all of the historical pieces of the book blended well with the plot and vice versa.

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She Reads Novels

Below average
Reviewed by Helen on Mar 27 2012

The use of flash is something that you will probably either love or hate – personally I thought it added to the atmosphere of the book and made the dialogue feel lively and fun.

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Caribous Mom

Good
Reviewed by Wendy on May 28 2012

I loved this book for its historical setting and characters, and for its unpredictable plot.

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Civilian Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Stefan Ferqus on Apr 06 2012

It took me a little while to get used to the prose’s patter and flow, but after I did, I fell into its rhythm and was swept along.

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Linus's Blanket

Below average
Reviewed by Nicole Bonia on Mar 21 2012

The language in The Gods of Gotham takes some getting used to as a lot of the characters speak “flash”.

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The Literary Gothamite

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Mar 18 2012

The pages are covered with the dirt and dust and muck of the period and, like any good heroic detective novel, there's a coat of naturalism gives the work the texture of authenticity.

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4everoverhead

Good
Reviewed by Brooks on Apr 10 2012

It's entertaining and exciting read, while providing an easy history lesson on the realities of mid-19th century New York City.

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A Fantastical Librarian

Below average
Reviewed by Mieneke on Mar 21 2012

Before diving into why I loved the book, I did want to mention one aspect that might be troublesome for some readers; the use of slang in the book.

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Karen White

Good
Reviewed by Karen White on Apr 09 2012

Though the relationships were paramount to me, the mystery is a well-crafted one, with layers and surprises throughout. 

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PikePress

Good
Reviewed by Wendy Robards on Apr 02 2012

I loved this book for its historical setting and characters, and for its unpredictable plot.

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Random Jottings

Good
Reviewed by Elaine Simpson-Long on Mar 04 2012

I was bowled over by this book and, though I would love to write more on this post, it is almost impossible to pull out all the strands of the plot, so closely and intricately do they interweave with each other.

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