by Lyndsay Faye

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I suspect this book might gain in popularity since the release of the film 12 Years a Slave. This thriller/mystery is set in New York City during the infancy of the NYPD. A young copper finds himself enmeshed in the investigation of the disappearance of a free black woman and her son - a case that soon becomes far more complicated than he initially suspected. I admit that I picked this book up because of the recommendation on the cover by Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl. Though I love historical fiction, I'm not necessarily a fan of mysteries. I tired of the "flash" - the street vernacular of the time. I thought it detracted from the story and made it confusing (even though a brief glossary was provided). The characters were well-rounded and I found Timothy Wilde's (main character) compassionate attitude toward people from other life circumstances and less-popular (at the time) lifestyles to be thoroughly modern and refreshing.  

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