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City in Shadow (Hidden Manhattan Mysteries) Hardcover – November 1, 2010

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
Book 4 of 4 in the Hidden Manhattan Series

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In Marshall's absorbing fourth Hidden Manhattan mystery (after March 2010's Dark Alley), sanitation garage supervisor Anna Winthrop is looking forward to a long visit from second cousin Patti Fairchild, a recent Cincinnati high school grad not yet interested in college. Meanwhile, Nettie Clouchet, Anna's nervous upstairs neighbor and "ghost blogger" journo, is researching Anna for her proposed book on New York City women of achievement. Soon after Anna sells a roll-top desk to Ukrainian Grigori Sidorov to make room for Patti, a striking young woman who was waiting in Grigori's truck outside Anna's apartment building drops a note on the sidewalk reading "help me," then hops in a cab. Anna and her boyfriend, NYPD officer Santos Reyes, can't ignore this distress message--and neither can Nettie. The suspense mounts as Anna seeks the elusive young woman in this fresh if sometimes sad tale of human trafficking with a goofy Stepford Wives twist. (Nov.) (c)
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When Grigori picks up a desk that Anna Winthrop is selling, Anna sees a beautiful young woman in his truck. Later Anna finds the girl has dropped a piece of paper that says “Help Me” on it. When Anna sees this young woman, Eva, later at dinner with a prominent doctor, she tries to intervene to help her but is stopped by restaurant staff. When Eva’s body is pulled from the Hudson River, Anna, along with her police-officer boyfriend, becomes even more determined to find out what happened. Meanwhile, in the Ukraine, Irena goes undercover and allows herself to be abducted in order to find her sister, who has come to the U.S. for a job but has since disappeared. Anna and Irena ultimately stop a horrifying enterprise that involves bringing beautiful young women to the U.S. to sell to the highest bidder. Fast pacing, effective plot twists, sympathetic characters, and multiple points of view combine for a compelling story. --Sue O'Brien
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Product Details

  • Series: Hidden Manhattan Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727869213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727869210
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,148,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I love New York! I know that sounds like the oft-run ad from awhile ago, but I can't help it - it's the truth. And books that are set in and around that city naturally catch my attention. So it was with City in Shadow by Evan Marshall, a novel that is part of the Hidden Mysteries series. This is the first book that I've read by this author and I don't believe it's necessary to read the other books in the series first to be able to enjoy this one.

The story begins with Anna Winthrop, a sanitation department worker, witnessing what she thinks may be a woman being held against her will. Anna follows the trail of this woman to a mysterious building on 42nd Street. Meanwhile, Anna's upstairs neighbour, Nettie, also sees the young woman and starts her own investigation. Both women encounter plenty of obstacles, sinister characters and danger in their quest to find out the truth.

This novel had several elements to it that stood out. First, it was written a bit like a noir thriller/hard-boiled detective novel. That genre pairs well with the New York setting (as does the plot) but the book also had a cozy mystery feel to it. The characters' backgrounds were divulged, neighbours got to know neighbours (even if they were bad neighbours) and the way the characters zipped around the city and bumped into people just gave me a 'small town' sort of feeling. It was an interesting mix and I liked it.

I found the writing somewhat choppy at times and it could've used a bit more editing. I didn't always need to know how beautiful or handsome someone was and I felt those descriptions were somewhat clichéd.

Despite those flaws, I think this would be a great series for those who haven't read a mystery before. It would also be very appealing for young adults new to the genre. And of course anyone who loves books set in New York!
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I've read all of Evan's books.. each one is better than the last. City in Shadow is no exception... it keeps you guessing until the very last moment.. and just when you think you've figured it all out... you don't ! ... always keeps you guessing... and keeps you up late wanting to finish it! I love this entire series of books! EXCELLENT!!
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'City in Shadow' Delivers Quirky, Rapid-Fire Big Apple Mystery Entertainment

Evan Marshall's "City in Shadow" (Severn House Publishers, 192 pages, $27.95), the latest in his Hidden Manhattan Mystery series, features an amateur detective with the probably the most unusual day job in fiction, Anna Winthrop, a Department of Sanitation supervisor.

Anna's the daughter of a billionaire Connecticut businessman who's appalled at her choice of careers, especially since her siblings are a lawyer, a doctor and a stockbroker. Anna was a debutante who gave it all up to join the Sanitation Department on an entry-level basis -- although the reader can suspend disbelief long enough to realize that few garbage collectors have the financial resources to call in sick and fly down to Florida, as Anna does in "City in Shadow."

The latest in a series ("Death Is Disposable," "Evil Justice," "Dark Alley," ) that gets its name from Marshall's placing his characters in a relatively unknown, unusual architectural treasure in Manhattan, "City In Shadow" includes a number of plots and subplots in a relatively short book. The main plot has Anna investigating a sex trafficking ring that comes to her attention when a frightened woman in a pickup truck leaves a note reading "HELP ME" outside Anna's Hell's Kitchen apartment on W. 43rd Street between Ninth and Tenth avenues.

The truck is there to convey an antique desk Anna has sold to two Slavic looking men and their passenger -- a beautiful Eastern European women being taken to Little Odessa, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Anna's upstairs neighbor Nettie Clouchet, a free-lance journalist and blogger, knows Ukrainian because of her ex-boyfriend, Eddie Pushkar, a Ukrainian-American cop.
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