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Author: Lyndsay Faye Narrator: Steven Boyer Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Series:The Timothy Wilde Series Release Date: March 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781101546055

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1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.

Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force." And he is less than thrilled that his new beat is the notoriously down-and-out Sixth Ward-at the border of Five Points, the world's most notorious slum.

One night while making his rounds, Wilde literally runs into 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 in 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 home, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd 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.

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  • Lyndsay Faye’s exquisite new novel, The Gods of Gotham, plunges us into the teeming, sordid streets of old New York. But this is no Whartonian idyll—Faye’s Manhattan is a raucous underworld of criminals and chiselers, the infamous Five Points, where thieves speak their own argot, the sanitation department consists of free-running pigs, and Tammany-backed ‘dead rabbits’ rule with an iron fist. In this vivid and impeccably crafted adventure, newly minted ‘copper star’ Timothy Wilde is the only man who can solve a series of gruesome murders plaguing Gotham. Faye’s prose crackles with historical authenticity so cunningly rendered that readers will lose themselves from the very first turn of the page.

    - Katherine Howe, bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
  • Penetrating psychological study, flawless social history, beautifully crafted thriller . . . The Gods of Gotham is all these things, and a crackling great yarn to boot. Old New York has never been so blazingly alive. Lyndsay Faye is a writer to watch—and keep watching.

    - Louis Bayard, author of The School of Night
  • The Gods of Gotham is an enthralling novel that immediately pulls readers into its twisting tale of murder, conspiracy, and socio-religious turmoil. With an engaging narrator, smart rendering of time and place, and gripping suspense, this superb story is virtually impossible to put down.

    - Stefanie Pintoff, Edgar–winning author of In the Shadow of Gotham
  • With crisp prose, memorable characters, and an impressive respect for its historic setting, The Gods of Gotham pulls you into old New York’s days of the Five Points. Lyndsay Faye is a writer to watch.

    - Alafair Burke, author of Long Gone
  • Reading The Gods of Gotham is like being magically transported to another time. You’ll be overwhelmed with the sights, sounds, smells, and chaos of New York in the 1840s, while never losing sight of the fact that this is a first-rate crime novel for any era. I can’t wait to see what Lyndsay Faye will conjure next.

    - Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop
  • Lyndsay Faye makes it look easy to write a great historical mystery: First, research the hell out of a remote time period, painstakingly paint a picture of that alien world (in this case, mid-nineteenth-century New York), and then craft a story so compelling that the reader forgets that it’s alien! Her masterful Dust and Shadow reinvigorated Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper, but this wholly different tale confirms a talent far beyond her (damn her) thirty-year-old age.

    - Leslie S. Klinger, author of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
  • The Gods of Gotham blew me away. Unflinching and bold, creative and dazzling, cinematic: nineteenth-century New York is alive.

    - Laura Caldwell, author of Long Way Home and Claim of Innocence
  • “The Gods of Gotham is a detective tale set in an era before the invention of the detective. Fully captured are the vibrant scenes and vivid characters of 1840s New York: cavernous oyster saloons, gutter rats feasting on oxtail, righteous abolitionists haranguing skeptics, opulent Greene Street brothels, and much more. Lyndsay Faye captures antebellum New York in all its warped beauty and pornographic decadence.

    - Timothy J. Gilfoyle, professor and chair of history, Loyola University Chicago
  • The Gods of Gotham is a wonderful book. Lyndsay Faye’s command of historical detail is remarkable, and her knowledge of human character even more so. I bought into this world in the opening pages and never once had the desire to leave. It’s a great read!

    - Michael Connelly
  • Lyndsay Faye is a superstar-caliber writer. She confidently and exquisitely re-creates the past while her characters live on with you in the present, the elusive gold standard for a historical novel. The Gods of Gotham is a gift to the genre that readers will surely relish while we wait for Faye’s next one.

    - Matthew Pearl, bestselling author of The Dante Club
  • Intriguingly complex yet deliciously smooth, The Gods of Gotham is, in a word, stunning. The vivid characters and deft use of the historical setting read like the work of an established writer at the top of her (or indeed, his) career—that Faye is a newcomer is cause for an exuberance of fireworks, at the mere thought of so many superb novels yet to come.

    - Laurie R. King, New York Times–bestselling author of The God of the Hive and The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
  • The Gods of Gotham is a revelation. Lyndsay Faye puts the drive and passion of a modern thriller onto the mean streets of 1840s New York. She brings a fascinating page of history to life with a gripping, twisty plot, vivid characters, and seamless research. This is historical fiction at its best.

    - Daniel Stashower, two-time Edgar-winning author of Teller of Tales and The Beautiful Cigar Girl
  • It’s been almost twenty years since Caleb Carr’s bestselling Olde New York crime novel, The Alienist, was published, and I can’t count the number of times since then that someone has asked me if I can recommend a suspense story anything ‘like it.’ Well, New York has inspired lots of terrific thrillers, but I’ve just stumbled on one of the worthiest successors yet. Lyndsay Faye’s novel, The Gods of Gotham.

    - Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air
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  • “Put Lyndsay Faye’s The Gods of Gotham on your to-buy list. . . . A treat for readers.

    - USA Today
  • [A] rollicking historical novel . . . sensational account . . .

    - Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
  • Vivid period details, fully formed characters, and a blockbuster of twisty plot put Faye in a class with Caleb Carr.

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • [A] top-notch historical thriller  . . . Faye’s richly imagined, superbly plotted narrative . . . delivers not one, not two, but three bravura twists.

    - Kirkus Reviews
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  • “Faye’s new novel . . . dramatically light[s] up this turbulent era. [Her] use of flash, an underground language akin to thieves’ cant (British criminal jargon), further enriches this engrossing historical thriller.

    - Library Journal (starred review)
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  • One of Kirkus Review’s Top 10 Best Crime Novels of 2012

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Awards

  • Selected for the April 2012 Indie Next List
  • One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Mystery Books in 2012
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Crime Fiction, 2012
  • A 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Absolutely loved this book! The writing was very impressive! Faye is a master of character building, riveting plot construction, and both historic and poetic language. I was very happy with how she ended this very intense story. A must read for anyone that enjoys Sherlock Holmes mysteries and historical fiction! I can't wait to read more of her work! "

    - Erin, 2/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good story; complex characters. A little difficult to read. Historical mystery "

    - Kay, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " My first thought, as I started reading, was that a newly minted NYPD officer in 1845 would not have used the word "data." I was mistrustful. Why it mattered, I don't know. But then when a female character lit a cigarette, again in 1845, I was driven to etymology and tobacco consumption research. And pretty much my hunches were wrong. After that, I could enjoy the novel--a good thing, because it was good. Very very good. A genuine thriller, a really engaging protagonist, and best of all, an introduction to flash, a dialect spoken by the underclass of New York, 1840s style. The book just got better and better as I read on, and I learned a lot about the history of New York. "

    - Jennifer, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " beautifully written ... gripping story ... great view of what life was like in NYC in 1850's when the influx of Irish immigrants was huge! "

    - Anne, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Time period language oriented story that kept you in the correct setting throughout the book. The story was just different enough from other books I've read to give it 5 stars. "

    - Daryl, 1/24/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book especially if you love historical fiction, the Irish and New York! "

    - Eileen, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Historical mystery that reminded me of The Alienist. "

    - Holly, 12/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " If you liked the Alienist by Caleb Carr, you will like this. NYC during the Irish immigration when the police force was just forming. "

    - Patricia, 11/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very well written, good period feel, good hook and a wonderful twist. "

    - Heather, 10/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Slightly creepy but the NYC setting is great fun. "

    - Margaret, 9/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " If you like Denis Lehane "Any Given Day" and Caleb Carr's "The Alienist" then this one is for you. very good historical fiction with great detail of life in Manhattan in the 1840s. I predicted the murderer about half way through, but enjoyed it nevertheless. "

    - Monika, 6/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fantastic-- I couldn't put it down. "

    - librarianh20, 6/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Easily one of the most engrossing books I've rad in a long time. Highly recommend it. Can't wait for her next book! "

    - Anne, 6/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great historical novel. Gripping mystery. Well developed and believable characters. A great way to spend a cold snowy April weekend. "

    - Lorri, 3/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I found this to be mildly entertaining and very hard to follow the dialog. It has its own language and seems to think your supposed to know what they mean. "

    - Malloryk0422, 3/12/2013
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    " If I ever hear anyone actually say the word "kinchin," I will b*tchslap him/her. "

    - Elizabeth, 11/10/2012
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    " Did not like the subject matter. "

    - Ann, 11/8/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very interesting historical fiction murder mystery. "

    - JaNel, 9/30/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Read this for the vocabulary lesson and for the vivid portrait of mid-19th century NYC. Pretty decent mystery, too. "

    - Colin, 7/2/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Wish I could be more eloquent in this review but simply.... AMAZING. Beginning to end amazing. "

    - Galaxy, 5/20/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I was more impressed by the historical detail in this story than in the mystery itself. I did like the solution to the mystery, however. I found it to be very different from the usual whodunit fare. "

    - Ilene, 4/22/2012

About the Author

Lyndsay Faye is the author of critically acclaimed Dust and Shadow and The Gods of Gotham and is featured in The Best American Mystery Stories 2010. A true New Yorker in the sense that she was born elsewhere, she lives in Manhattan with her husband, Gabriel.

About the Narrator

Steven Boyer is a graduate of the Juilliard School and has appeared both on stage and screen.