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Author: Stephen Anable Narrator: Richard Powers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781481570992
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A young woman dressed in Victorian finery is found strangled in Mingo House, a morbid brownstone and museum, a nineteenth-century time capsule in Boston's Back Bay. Dubbed the "Victorian Girl" by the media everywhere, she becomes the eye of a hurricane of publicity and speculation and of a darkness reaching back to the Mingo family's roots in England—and to the builders of the mansion, a Civil War arms dealer and his s├®ance-holding wife.

Boston comic Mark Winslow and the other trustees of Mingo House are divided as to whether the place is sustainable as a museum. Trustee chairman Rudy Schmitz, the brash entrepreneur, seems convinced that the porous roof and escalating rain damage will doom the place. Nadia Gulbenkian, the last of the old-guard trustees, is accusing Rudy of engineering the museum's demise. Software executive Jon Kim and a dubious collector of saints' bones and art are pursuing their own clandestine agendas.

Mingo House itself seems cursed for its origins in bullets and cannonballs and for the family's reputed connection to the execution of King Charles I. A number of people believe its walls conceal treasure—a stolen royal monstrance—and are willing to do anything to retrieve it.

In this sequel toThe Fisher Boy, pierced college students clash with flawed Brahmin blue bloods, and the Gothic with the high tech. As the deaths and threats multiply, one question resounds: will anyone or anything survive this summer of rain, of deluge—Mingo House or its terrified staff?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anable fashions a well-crafted, fast-moving plot, including a well-placed red herring that diverts Winslow and the police.”

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  • “[Anable] created a fascinating family tree for the Mingoes and a vibrant depiction of their Victorian home so in need of rehabbing.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kariss | 4/17/2012

    " An Alloy of zinc and copper? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/15/2011

    " I think he should stick with stand-up comedy. This book was really terrible. It felt like I was having a conversation with someone who kept interrupting me constantly. The flow between characters was very choppy and abrupt. I didn't enjoy one thing about this story! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Camille | 7/15/2011

    " I tried to get into it. I hated the writing style and couldn't get past that. "

About the Author

Stephen H. Anable was born in Boston and graduated from Stanford and Harvard universities. His short fiction and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies. At various times during his life, he has been a stand-up comic, a journalist, an actor, a social worker, a scriptwriter, and the communications coordinator at a cemetery. He has two sons and lives in Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

R. C. Bray is an award-winning audiobook narrator with over 180 titles to his credit. Besides winning five AudioFile Earphones Awards, he won the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Science Fiction Narration and has been an Audie Award finalist seven times. He has been a finalist for the Voice Arts Award, and in 2014, his narration earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. He is also an accomplished producer and voice-over artist, and his voice can be heard in countless TV and radio commercials.