The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty

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The day Sacha found out he could see witches was the worst day of his life . . .

Being an Inquisitor is no job for a nice Jewish boy. But when the police learn that Sacha Kessler can see witches, he’s apprenticed to the department’s star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf. Their mission is to stop magical crime. And New York at the beginning of the twentieth century is a magical melting pot where each ethnic group has its own brand of homegrown witchcraft, and magical gangs rule the streets from Hell’s Kitchen to Chinatown.

Soon Sacha has teamed up with fellow apprentice Lily Astral, daughter of one of the city’s richest Wall Street Wizards—and a spoiled snob, if you ask Sacha. Their first case is to find out who’s trying to kill Thomas Edison.

Edison has invented a mechanical witch detector that could unleash the worst witch-hunt in American history. Every magician in town has a motive to kill him. But as the investigation unfolds, all the clues lead back to the Lower East Side. And Sacha soon realizes that his own family could be accused of murder!


About Chris Moriarty

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CHRIS MORIARTY has lived in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Currently residing near Ithaca, NY, Moriarty has trained horses for cattle ranches and hunting operations, and has worked as a ranch hand, backcountry guide, freelance editor, and environmental lawyer. Ghost Spin is Moriarty's third novel, to be followed by a new stand-alone novel for Spectra.

Author Residence: Trumansburg, NY

Author Hometown: New York City
Published October 4, 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 357 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Sacha can see magic even when it’s hidden, so he is drafted into the Inquisitors, the arm of the police dedicated to eradicating magic, at least among the poor.

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Set in an early 20th-century New York City where every ethnic group has its own magic—Jewish bakers sell “mother-in-latkes,” guaranteed to provide the perfect son-in-law—the story concerns 13-year-old Sacha Kessler, who discovers an ability to see magic and gets apprenticed to Maximillian...

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Set in an alternate America, one in which magic is rife and closely policed, tests reveal a thirteen-year-old Jewish boy who “sees” magic as it’s happening.

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