The Gods of Gotham, by Lyndsay Faye (2012)Read about the other books on Pierce's list, and follow his insights into crime fiction at The Rap Sheet.
[T]o represent the burgeoning subgenre of historical mysteries, I recommended this quick-stepping thriller about a fire-disfigured bartender, Timothy Wilde, who in 1845 joins the embryonic New York Police Department. Right away, Wilde gets mixed up with a young girl who’s fled one of the town’s higher-end brothels, covered in blood and claiming to know the whereabouts of a concealed graveyard for abused children.
Learn more about The Gods of Gotham at Lyndsay Faye's website.
Writers Read: Lyndsay Faye (April 2012).
The Page 69 Test: The Gods of Gotham.