BEFORE THERE WAS 9/11 . . . THERE WAS 6/15 Twilight meets Grimm Carrie meets Sherlock Holmes
On June 15, 1904, over one thousand German immigrants on a Lutheran Church outing died when the General Slocum
steamship caught fire and sank in the East River. It was the greatest disaster and loss of life in New York City history . . . until 9/11.
But was it a tragic accident or willful murder?
When her Jewish boyfriend Dustin is accused of the crime, an amateur teen detective, Mallory Meer, risks everything to solve the mystery behind the tragedy. Was Dustin guilty? Or, was someone else responsible for the fire that killed over a thousand men, women and children -- including Mallory's own baby sister?
Only Mallory can understand what this crime truly means because she's not only one of the victims . . . she's one of the dead.
In this extraordinary, award-winning paranormal romance and Gothic horror tale, Mallory uses all the powers of this world and the next in order to save her beloved and punish those responsible for the tragedy. Set against a backdrop that includes adolescent sexuality, corruption and pervasive anti-Semitism, Sandom presents the details of the disaster without flinching, and explores both the pain and self-serving motivations of all concerned.
At once a ghost story, a courtroom drama, an examination of immigrant life, and a tale of love, redemption and revenge, Kiss Me, I'm Dead is a tightly wound novel that will keep haunting you long after you've closed the book.
Mallory Meer is like any other teenage girl. She likes to have fun. She thinks her sister is ridiculous. Her parents drive her crazy. She's got a terrible crush on Dustin and follows him everywhere.
Mallory even has a summer job -- figuring out the truth about the fire on the General Slocum steamship, the disaster that killed her sister. Mallory is determined to find out the truth, and to bring the guilty to justice.
Sometimes Mallory gets angry, very angry, and strange things happen when Mallory gets angry.
Yes, Mallory is like any other teenage girl . . . except Mallory is dead.
Ranked one of the Top Ten Children's Books of the year by the Washington Post, Kiss me, I'm Dead was named a Notable Book for Teens by the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teen's Top Ten, and nominated for a Cybils literary award, a Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) by the American Library Association (ALA), and recently added to Horn Book's list of Recommended American Historical Fiction.
The Washington Post said, "(J.G. Sandom) writes with a precision and delicacy unusual for YA fiction," and called the book, "A subtle gem." School Library Journal said, "Kiss Me, I'm Dead tells a remarkable story in a remarkable way." Horn Book Magazine called the work, "A decidedly unconventional ghost story . . . (and) a tightly wound novel." Kirkus Reviews termed it, "A remarkable account." Romantic Times said, "Kiss Me, I'm Dead is a book you shouldn't pass up." Midwest Book Review called it, "a wonderfully different kind of ghost story." And Bookslut.com said, "Kiss Me, I'm Dead scores on several levels, most notably as a drama that blows apart all preconceived notions of how history can be retold."
Originally published in hard cover by Penguin/Dutton under the title The Unresolved by T.K. Welsh (the author's pen name), this novel has since been republished in soft cover and for the Kindle by Cornucopia Press under the title Kiss Me, I'm Dead by J.G. Sandom (the author's birth name).