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When an explosion kills wealthy industrialist Gregory Van Dyke, police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt presumes that anarchists are responsible and personally asks detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to track them down. Malloy is up to the task, but he faces a different kind of challenge when he encounters Sarah Brandt paying a condolence call on the Van Dykes.
Faced with the impossibility of ever expressing his true feelings for Sarah, Frank had vowed never to see or work with her again. For her part, Sarah is glad to be working with Malloy once again in his hunt for a dangerous killer, though they clash over his conviction that the murder was politically motivated. Frank would like to dismiss her concerns, but whether he likes it or not he needs Sarah's help, because, as he is about to discover, the marble facades of Fifth Avenue hide as many dark and twisted secrets as any tenement on the Lower East Side.
©2004 Victoria Thompson (P)2016 Tantor
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"An entertaining mix of history and mystery…." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kathi on 07-08-16

Best of series so far!

I have enjoyed listening to this series. There is an interesting combination of history, interesting characters, and always a good mystery. But I believe this is the best one in the series so far. I think Victoria Thompson has hit her stride here, with this being a really good balance of characters' stories with action.

This particular episode involves the death of a wealthy man, and then-police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt asks detective Frank Malloy to handle this case personally. Naturally, he can't manage that without his friend Sarah Brandt finding ways to be where he is, and help him solve the crime. What I love about this particular book is the details. The history--of the Anarchists who terrorized wealthy people at that time, and the insights into the early movement for teaching deaf children to sign and lip read, are interesting. And I like that the author has expanded the characters somewhat to include seeing more of Sarah Brandt's mother, and little Aggie, a child she loves who lives in a mission. I see this as a good move for the books in the future (or at least I hope we'll see [hear] more of them in future stories.

A word about the narration. I have not felt until now that Callie Beaulieu has been the best narrator for these books. But I am happy to say that I felt her narration of this book was quite good. I'm not sure what's different, but the entire listening experience was very nicely done. I really enjoyed this whole book, and recommend it!

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By MarittaM on 09-22-17

on the edge

Fron the first chapter you are on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what is going to happen. This book keeps you captivated, and you can never guess who did what until it comes out.

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