It is 1845, New York is
just starting its first police department, the Irish potato famine is dumping
thousands of poor, starving refugees on the overwhelmed city, and a blazing
inferno is about to change Timothy Wilde’s life for the second time.
Orphaned in a fire as a child, history has repeated and again fire leaves him
homeless, without funds, and scarred. With few options Timothy accepts
the job his brother engineers for him in the police force. Returning to
his new apartment one night a little girl wearing a night gown covered in blood
runs smack into him. He takes the terrified child in to be comforted by
his landlady. Making the frightened little girl talk quickly gains
importance when a little boy is found dead. She tells of a brothel where
child prostitutes go missing when a hooded man comes in the night. She
tells of a grave that holds dozens of throw away children. Timothy is new
at policing and not at all sure it is a good fit, but he knows these children
deserve justice and he is willing to put everything on the line for them.
Brilliant writing and is a real page turner to boot. If you like
historical fiction, this one rocks.
April 2012 Indie Next List
“It is 1845 in New York City and its first police force has hit the streets at the same time the potato famine has hit Ireland. As the Irish pour into the city so does the hatred, bigotry, and violence that Timothy Wilde, a newly hired copper star, is expected to eradicate. The Gods of Gotham transports the reader back to the sights, smells, sounds, and lingo of 1840s New York City utilizing vivid characters, a stunning setting, and language that will grab you and not let go.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
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 the Author
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.
"The Gods of Gotham is a wonderful book. Lyndsay Faye's command of historical detail is remarkable, and her knowlege of human character even more so. I bought into this world in the opening pages and never once had the desire to leave. It's a great read!"—Michael Connelly
"The launch of a brilliant new mystery series, set in 1845 New York City: Irish Potato Famine, the birth of the police force, brothels and bedlam."-- Gillian Flynn
"It's been almost twenty years since Caleb Carr's bestselling Olde New York crime novel, The Alienist, was published, and I cant count the number of times since then that someone has asked me if I can recommend a suspense story anything 'like it.' Well, New York has inspired lots of terrific thrillers, but I've just stumbled on one of the worthiest successors yet. Lyndsay Faye's novel, The Gods of Gotham."—Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
“If your concept of paradise is popping in a DVD of Gangs of New York while rereading Caleb Carr’s The Alienist, then put Lyndsay Faye's The Gods of Gotham on your to-buy list.”—USA Today
“There’s enough excitement here to cause anyone’s veins to quiver.”—The Washington Post
“Riveting.”—The New York Times