Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ten of 2012's best crime novels

At Kirkus Reviews, J. Kingston Pierce named his favorite crime novels of the year, including:
The Gods of Gotham, by Lyndsay Faye:

Set in an alien but captivating New York City of 1845, this character-propelled yarn introduces Timothy Wilde, a disfigured and love-starved ex-bartender hoping to acquire fresh purpose by joining the nascent New York Police Department. Wilde rapidly becomes embroiled in the mystery of a young girl who escaped from one of the town’s better brothels, drenched in blood. Plumbing her story leads Wilde to a field glutted with concealed corpses and into the midst of anti-Irish violence that could destroy New York just as surely as the flames that periodically besiege its skyline.
Read about the other books on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Lyndsay Faye's The Gods of Gotham.

--Marshal Zeringue