|Gods of Gotham, the (2012) [Novel]|
by Lindsay Faye
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(From the publisher):
It is 1845...Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he will have enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his own dreams incinerate in a fire that devistates downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed and homeless. His older brother gets him a job in the newly minted NYPD but Timothy is highly skeptical of his new "police force." And he is less than thrilled that his new beat is the notoriously down-and-out Sixth Ward of the city-at the edge of Five Points, the world's most notorious slum.
One night while mking his rounds, Timothy runs into, literally, a little slip of a girl-a girl not more than ten years old, dashing through the dark in her nightshift...covered head to toe with blood.
Timothy knows he should take the girl to the House of Refuge, yet he can't bring himself to abandon her. Instead he takes her to his house, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of Twenty-third Street. Timothy isn't sure whether to believe her or not, but as the truth unfolds, the reluctant copper star finds himself engaged in a battle for justice that nearly costs him his brother, his romantic obsession, and his own life.
Original title: The Gods of Gotham
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ North America