The Fatal Flame (A Timothy Wilde Novel #3) (Paperback)

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This is book number 3 in the A Timothy Wilde Novel series.

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The action is hot as Hades in 1840’s New York as a fire bug torches the property of wealthy local Alderman, Robert Symmes.  Timothy Wilde has good reason to fear flames, his parents died in a fire when he was a child, and not that long ago his face was scarred in an inferno that destroyed a good chunk of New York City.  Adding to Timothy’s distress, his debauched, self-destructive older brother, Valentine Wilde, is a fireman who rushes into the flames rather grandly instead of away into safety.  Valentine Wilde is one of fiction’s more interesting characters; vice ridden, brilliant, remarkably brave, bold, a good friend to hold close and the wrong man to make an enemy. Robert Symmes is a seriously bad dude, but he is well connected at Tammany Hall and as dangerous as a bad tempered snake.  Valentine served the political party well.  He took orders cheerfully until Symmes pushes him too far and offers a bribe that offends even the dissolute Valentine.  A very public contest of wills ignites between the men that could tear the party apart.  A starving Irish lass who speaks in riddles of witches and angels may hold the key to stopping the fires, if only they could understand her.  Mercy Underhill, the love of Tim’s life, fled New York for London a few years ago.  He is shocked to find her at his door, returned but altered.  Mercy’s mind is slipping; she lapses into confused states, leaving her flustered and Tim frightened of what is happening to the beautiful young woman he adores.  As the threads of the story converge, all Tim’s devils come home to roost and he is forced to face his greatest fears.  Lindsay Faye’s series combines great writing with a wealth of historic detail about New York.  She gives a good account of the power of the political parties, the plight of women toiling in harsh conditions, and the challenges facing a population swelled by immigrants fleeing the potato famine while also telling a rousing good story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

— Deon Stonehouse


Heralded by Gillian Flynn as “so spectacular . . . amazing,” the final installment in Lyndsay Faye's Timothy Wilde series--now in paperback! 

No one in 1840s New York likes fires, but Copper Star Timothy Wilde least of all. So when an arsonist with an agenda begins threatening Alderman Robert Symmes, a corrupt and powerful leader high in the Tammany Hall ranks, Wilde isn’t thrilled to be involved. His reservations escalate further when his brother Valentine announces that he’ll be running against Symmes in the upcoming election, making both himself and Timothy a host of powerful enemies.

Meanwhile, the love of Wilde’s life, Mercy Underhill, unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep and takes under her wing a starving orphan with a tenuous grasp on reality. It soon becomes clear that this wisp of a girl may be the key to stopping those who have been setting fire to buildings across the city—if only they can understand her cryptic descriptions and find out what she knows. Boisterous and suspenseful, The Fatal Flame is filled with beloved Gotham personalities as well as several new stars, culminating in a fiery and shocking conclusion.

About the Author

Lyndsay Faye is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Dust and Shadow,The Gods of Gotham, which was nominated for an Edgar for Best Novel, andSeven for a Secret. Faye, a true New Yorker in the sense she was born elsewhere, lives in Manhattan with her husband, Gabriel.

Praise For…

Praise for The Fatal Flame:

"As always in this series, the research is impeccable and the period ambience dazzling." —The New York Times Book Review

“Lyndsay Faye’s New York trilogy is immersive, compelling, convincing, and yes, thrilling.  Read it today for solid-gold entertainment, but don’t be surprised to see it taught in college tomorrow.” –Lee Child 

"Faye masterfully evokes the turbulence of mid-nineteenth-century New York, with its Tammany Hall politics, burgeoning conflict over abolition, and rising wave of feminism, as Irish girls, fleeing famine, are forced into prostitution or poorly paid labor as seamstresses."  —Booklist Starred Review

"As in her previous books, Faye's diligence in researching the period is manifest, and readers will feel transported back to mid-19th-century Manhattan." --Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

“Faye’s re-creations of mid-19th-century New York [in The Fatal Flame] are rich with exotic sights and smells, as well as delightfully eccentric personalities.” —J. Kingston Pierce for Kirkus

Praise for Lyndsay Faye:

 “[A]tmospheric and exciting . . . [Seven for a Secret] is swift but poignant, full of violent encounters and thrilling escapes.” —The Wall Street Journal
“This gripping, beautifully written, chilling, heartbreaking, and exciting novel . . . [Seven for a Secret] is an amazingly rich story, worthy of the word ‘epic’ . . . definitely one of the finest crime novels of the year.” —Mystery Scene
“[Gods of Gotham is a] rollicking historical novel . . . a sensational account. . . .”
The New York Times Book Review
“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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425276266
ISBN-10: 0425276260
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: A Timothy Wilde Novel