The Gods of Gotham

The Gods of Gotham

Book - 2012
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Penguin Putnam

1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.

Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, saving every dollar and shilling in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this untested "police force." And he is less than thrilled that his new beat is the notoriously down-and-out Sixth Ward-at the border of Five Points, the world's most notorious slum.

One night while returning from his rounds, heartsick and defeated, Timothy runs into a little slip of a girl—a girl not more than ten years old—dashing through the dark in her nightshift . . . covered head to toe in blood.

Timothy knows he should take the girl to the House of Refuge, yet he can't bring himself to abandon her. Instead, he takes her home, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd Street. Timothy isn't sure whether to believe her or not, but, as the truth unfolds, the reluctant copper star finds himself engaged in a battle for justice that nearly costs him his brother, his romantic obsession, and his own life.



Baker & Taylor
Joining the newly formed NYPD at the height of Ireland's 19th-century potato famine, Timothy reluctantly assumes his duties in a notorious slum district, where in the middle of the night he hears a little girl's claim that dozens of bodies have been buried in a local forest. 60,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Joining the newly formed NYPD in 1845, Timothy reluctantly assumes his duties near the notorious Five Points slum, where in the middle of the night he hears a little girl's claim that dozens of bodies have been buried in a local forest.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012
ISBN: 9780399158377
Branch Call Number: FIC FAY
Characteristics: 414 p. ,col. map ;,24 cm.

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sample007
May 01, 2017

Stick with it! That's the first phrase that comes to mind with this series. The sassy, period "street" language is a bit cumbersome to read, and it bogs down the fast-paced clip of the mystery - but - Stick With It! If you can navigate your way through the novel, you will be rewarded with a clever revelation of the murderer. Character establishment is well thought-out by Faye, and the attention to historical detail is phenomenal. Faye uses colorful description and attentive adjectives to bring her carnival of characters to life. This is a dark and twisted view of New York. A clever read...

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MillieBT
Apr 21, 2017

Couldn't get into the story....will try again at a later date

KHCPL_Mikayla Jan 06, 2017

I thought this was a very well-written mystery. The twists and turns came quick and intense toward the end, and the setting was detailed with pinpoint accuracy. There was a wide range of characters, almost all morally gray, and I loved the way their lives unfolded with the mysteries. The mystery itself was engaging, and always kept you guessing until the very end. The ending itself was bittersweet, and though I didn't find the small romance to fit into the story quite so well, I thought the resolution of everything was fitting, and very realistic.

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ApollosRaven
Sep 02, 2016

Bartender Timothy Wilde is gravely injured in a 1845 fire/explosion in crowded Manhattan. Worse, his carefully tended nest egg of $400 in gold coins is gone along with his dream of buying some land on Staten Island and starting a ferry. Tim finds himself working for NYC's just-getting-started police department.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

The Gods of Gotham shows extraordinary research. Pieces of history blend with the story in a setting and atmosphere that feels and looks genuine. This is a wonderful look at New York City in 1845. The dialogue is snappy and many of the secondary characters—primarily Matsell and Piest, secondarily Mrs. Boehm—are entertaining and deserve more time on the page. The primary characters seem to be more developed and faceted than they tend to be in the average mystery, but they still were a bit too cardboardish and easily pliable for my tastes, that is they're one thing until the plot needs them to be another and then they change. Overall, a well-written mystery.

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csut2
Dec 05, 2015

Wsj 5/2015

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ses1995
Jan 10, 2015

Historical fiction. Great look into mid-19th century New York--the corruption, poverty, immigrants, politics and the newly formed police dept. Once I got used to the author's turn of phrase I couldn't put it down.

kevfarley Jul 16, 2014

Very interesting history. Detective mystery O.K.

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becker
Mar 27, 2014

This is a blend of history and mystery. The mystery is the garden variety kind but the history is very good. A very well painted picture of the mood, politics, religion and people of New York in 1845.

path111 Jan 13, 2014

I was intrigued by the history woven into the story of NYC during the waves of immigration. Then the Irish were despised and seen as the root of all Gotham's faults. The Nativist reaction, couched in presumed superiority over the "others", has some echo these days as well.

But the book's style seemed contrived. The author insisted on using the street language of the day, and even offered a glossary in the initial pages.

Language and sentence structure were often confusing. To what end? I found myself having to go back and re-read paragraphs to seek clarity about what the author was intending to say.

No, I would not recommend.

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