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