Author(s): Lyndsay Faye
THE ALIENIST meets GANGS OF NEW YORK, THE GOD OF GOTHAM is a strikingly vivid and compelling historical novel - THE must-read for 2012. In the summer of 1845, following years of passionate political dispute, New York City at long last formed a Police Department. The potato, a crop that can be trusted to yield reliable nutrition from barren, limited space, had long been the base staple of the Irish tenant farmer. By the summer of 1845, newspapers worldwide had begun to report anxiously that an infestation called blight was laying waste to potato crops throughout Ireland. These twin events would change the city of New York forever. Timothy Wilde is a reluctant, newly minted NYPD. One night while making his rounds, he runs into, literally, a little slip of a girl covered head to toe in blood. When she claims she knows where dozens of bodies are buried, Timothy finds himself tracking down a brutal serial killer seemingly hell bent on fanning the flames of anti-Irish immigrant sentiment... and engaged in a battle for the truth that nearly costs him his brother, his romantic obsession, and his own life.
'Lyndsay Faye is a superstar caliber writer. She confidently and exquisitely recreates the past while her characters live on with you in the present, the elusive gold standard for a historical novel. The Gods of Gotham is a gift to the genre that readers will surely reslish while we wait for Faye's next one' -- Matthew Pearl 'Penetrating psychological study, flawless social history, beautifully crafted thriller... The Gods of Gotham is all these things, and a crackling great yarn to boot. Old New York has never been so blazingly alive. Lyndsay Faye is a writer to watch - and keep watching...' -- Louis Bayard, author of SCHOOL OF NIGHT 'Reading The Gods of Gotham is like being magically transported to another time. You'll be overwhelmed with the sights, sounds, smells and chaos of New York in the 1840s while never losing sight of the fact that this is a first-rate crime novel for any era. I can't wait to see what Lyndsay Faye will conjure next' -- Otto Penzler, THE MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP 'Intriguingly complex yet deliciously smooth, The Gods of Gotham is, in a word, stunning. The vivid characters and deft use of the historical setting read like the work of an established writer at the top of her (or indeed, his) career - that Faye is a newcomer is cause for an exuberance of fireworks, at the mere thought of so many superb novels yet to come' -- Laurie R. King, New York Times bestselling author of THE GOD OF THE HIVE and THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE 'The Gods of Gotham blew me away. Unflinching and bold, creative and dazzling cinematic, nineteenth century New York is still alive' -- Laura Caldwell, author of LONG WAY HOME 'Lyndsay Faye's exquisite new novel, The Gods of Gotham, plunges us into the teeming, sordid streets of Old New York. But this is no Whartonian idyll - Faye's Manhattan is a raucous underworld of criminals and chiselers, the infamous Five Points, where thieves speak their own argot, the sanitation department consists of free running pigs, and Tammany-backed 'dead rabbits' rule with an iron fist. In this vivid and impeccably crafted adventure, newly minted 'copper star' Timothy Wilde is the only man who can solve a series of gruesome murders. Faye's prose crackles with historical authenticity so cunningly rendered that readers will lose themselves from the very first turn of the page' -- Katherine Howe, New York Times Bestselling author of THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE 'The Gods of Gotham' is a wonderful book. Lyndsay Faye's command of historical detail is remarkable and her knowledge of human character even more so. I bought into this world in the opening pages and never once had the desire to leave. It's a great read!' -- Michael Connelly
Lyndsay Faye is the author of Dust and Shadow: an Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson, praised by the Conan Doyle Estate for its enthusiastic knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes canon and its rigorous attention to the grim details of the Jack the Ripper murders. Her short story 'Colonel Warburton's Madness' was selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2010, co-edited by Otto Penzler and Lee Child. A board member of the New York chapter of Mystery Writers of America, Lyndsay resides in Manhattan with her husband.