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In the Shadow of Gotham (Detective Simon Ziele) Hardcover – April 28, 2009

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Starred Review. Pintoff's debut, winner of the first Minotaur Books/MWA Best First Crime Novel award, will remind many of Caleb Carr at his best. The wreck of the steamship General Slocum in 1904 cost Det. Simon Ziele of the New York City police both his fiancée and the full use of his right arm. In response to those losses, Ziele has abandoned big-city policing for the quiet dullness of Dobson, a town in Westchester County, but a brutal murder interrupts his retreat from the world. Someone slashes and bludgeons to death Sarah Wingate, a Columbia mathematics graduate student whose brilliance evoked jealousy in her peers, in her home under circumstances that resemble the notorious murders of Lizzie Borden's parents. Ziele's investigation is soon co-opted by Alistair Sinclair, a student of criminology who's convinced he knows the culprit's identity. The period detail, characterizations and plotting are all top-notch, and Ziele has enough depth to carry a series. (May)
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Advance Praise for In the Shadow of Gotham

“Pintoff's debut… will remind many of Caleb Carr at his best... The period detail, characterizations and plotting are all top-notch, and Ziele has enough depth to carry a series.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The first winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition nicely contrasts academic theorizing with the reality of police detection set against the backdrop of a vividly depicted turn-of-the-century Gotham. Recommend to readers who enjoy historicals of this period, such as Caleb Carr’s The Alienist and Ann Stamos’s Bitter Tide.”
--Library Journal (starred review)

“Pintoff excavates a rich vein of early criminology… She also delivers a gripping detective story… Great for dexterous plotting and for New York atmosphere at the turn of the last century.”
--Booklist

“What a fabulous first novel… Pintoff’s fascinating historical mystery has believable multidimensional characters… The mystery is original and carefully planned.”
--Romantic Times

“Congratulations to Stefanie Pintoff on this outstanding debut novel!  An appealing character, terrific suspense, and skillful interweaving of historical detail make In the Shadow of Gotham a winner.”
--Marcia Muller, author of Burn Out

"Stefanie Pintoff captures time and place expertly while displaying the procedures and challenges of police work at the dawn of a new age in forensics in this fine first novel. In The Shadow of Gotham will fascinate and educate even as it holds the reader in the suspense of a good mystery. That's a special package."
--Michael Koryta author of Envy the Night

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Product Details

  • Series: Detective Simon Ziele (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312544901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312544904
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,678,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Stefanie Pintoff's "In the Shadow of Gotham" takes place in 1905. The narrator, thirty-year old Detective Simon Ziele, left the New York City Police Department five months earlier to work in the tranquil village of Dobson, New York. It comes as a shock when Simon and his boss, Joe Healy, are summoned to a grisly crime scene, where a twenty-five year old woman named Sarah Wingate has been slashed and bludgeoned to death. Sarah had been a graduate student in mathematics at Columbia University after completing her undergraduate studies at Barnard. She had also been an outspoken advocate for women's rights.

Although Joe and Simon ask for help from the Yonkers police department, no obvious suspects come to light. Their only clues are a locket found near the crime scene and a cryptic telegram from someone named Alistair Sinclair, who claims that he has important information. Sinclair turns out to be a fifty-two year old Columbia Law School professor and criminologist living in New York City. At his Center for Criminological Research, the wealthy Sinclair conducted a study of Michael Fromley, who had a history of assault, battery, petty theft, and attempted murder. This individual admitted to having fantasies about killing women in precisely the way that Sarah was murdered. Could Fromley be the perpetrator of this heinous crime? Simon teams up with Alistair and his widowed daughter-in-law, Isabelle, to locate Fromley and interview everyone who might have relevant information about the case.

Stefanie Pintoff makes the most of her knowledge New York City's history, geography, and culture at the turn of the century.
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I highly recommend In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff. Ms. Pintoff hooks the reader from the first sentence. My only complaint is that once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down and as a result didn't get my usual sleep for a few nights. But it was worth it. Simon Ziele is a fascinating character - a man with secrets, having both physical and emotional pain who is enmeshed in his work as a suburban police officer. Ms. Pintoff put a lot of work into researching the book and as a result the reader, in addition to getting to read a well developed mystery, love story, and psychological novel also gets to learn about New York City in 1905. For example, one gets to learn interesting facts about New York, such as tidbits about Tammany Hall, Grand Central Station, Columbia University, and the General Slocum ferry tragedy.

Without giving away any of the details, the characters and the story are all very believable, and the mystery is well crafted. The book satisfies and at the same time it leaves you wanting more. And fortunately, if what one reads on the Internet is to be relied upon, we may get to enjoy Simon Ziele in sequels.

Treat yourself to a real find - get this book.
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The General Slocum ferry caught fire and burned in June 1904, killing over 1,000 people. One of those who lost their lives was New York Police Detective Simon Ziele's fiancee, Hanah. With so many people having lost friends and family, Ziele moved to the village of Dobson, New York, looking for peace.

His peace is shattered when Simon and his boss, Joe Healy, are summoned to the home of Mrs. Virginia Wingate, where her niece, Sara, has been brutally murdered.

The killing made no sense. Sara had only recently arrived at the Wingate's in search of a place where she could study. She was a student in her fourth year at Columbia. She is active in the movement to enable women to have more voice in politics.

Simon is visited by Alistair Sinclair, a professor of law at Columbia and a criminologist. He states that he believes that Michael Fromley might be the killer. Alistair claims that Fromley has killed previously. With this help, Alistair and his daughter-in-law, Isabella, assist Simon in the investigation.

Interspersed within the story are historical facts of the times. This adds realism and is an interesting side to the story, such as when Simon gets a ride on a "...new Ford B motorcar." While in the car, he realizes that this is his first ride in an automobile.

The psychological novel is well told and the search for the guilty person is logically followed. I did feel that the story's finale was a bit orchestrated.

Simon Ziele is an original and refreshing character. He's very analytical and uses the latest scientific advances, such as the art of fingerprinting, to help solve the case.
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I always wonder why authors who are ignorant of history persist in writing historical fiction. This author would have the reader believe that people smiled into camera lenses in 1905 (they didn't), that numerous close ups could be taken of fingerprints in 1905 (they couldn't), and that flash photography could be abundantly used at that period (it couldn't). Other reviews have pointed out numerous anachronisms in the writing, but these put me off right from the beginning. Sorry, Ms Pintoff, but you need to read your American history.
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