Secret of the White Rose

Secret of the White Rose

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Book - 2011
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The murder of Judge Hugo Jackson is out of Detective Simon Ziele's jurisdiction in more ways than one. For one, it's high-profile enough to command the attention of the notorious new police commissioner, since Judge Jackson was presiding over the sensational trial of Al Drayson. Drayson, an anarchist, set off a bomb at a Carnegie family wedding, but instead of killing millionaires, it killed passersby, including a child. The dramatic trial has captured the full attention of 1906 New York City.Furthermore, Simon's assigned precinct on Manhattan's West Side includes the gritty Tenderloin but not the tonier Gramercy Park, which is where the judge is found in his locked town house with his throat slashed on the night before the jury is set to deliberate. But his widow insists on calling her husband's old classmate criminologist, Alistair Sinclair, who in turn enlists Ziele's help. Together they must steer Sinclair's unorthodox methods past a police forcethat is so focused on rounding up Drayson's supporters that they've all but rejected any other possibilities.Once again, Stefanie Pintoff's combination of vital characters and a fascinating case set amongst the sometimes brutal and sometimes glittering history of turn-of-the-century New York makes for totally compelling reading in Secret of the White Rose , the third novel in her Edgar Award-winning series.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780312583972
Branch Call Number: PINT
Characteristics: viii, 370 p

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paulsarkisian
Jun 04, 2014

The Secret of the White Rose has been a wonderful surprise! I enjoyed reading the book. Very satisfying.

I found the book after being turned off by the more ponderous reading of Caleb Carr's novels. This one moved along very well, yet still gave rich background of the early 1900's in New York. Pintoff was able to maintain an engrossing story while keeping alive the colorful milieu of an alien time and place (New York City during WWI.)

I've been on a kick of reading about the WWI time frame with novels by Charles Todd, Laurie King, Ken Follett and others. This one is a welcome addition to the genre of criminal investigation at the beginnings of modern world.

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LT
Nov 10, 2013

Pintoff's novels move at such a rattling pace that one does not always notice logical inconsistencies that are never addressed. Occasionally the need for a sterner editorial hand. An enjoyable but imperfect read. I appreciated the glimpse at New York's ethnic and class divides as they were in the early 1900s. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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