At the onset of the 20th century, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is investigate the bombing death of Gregory Van Dyke, the wealthy owner of some inner-city factories. Malloy's investigation once again brings him into contact with Sarah Brandt, a widowed midwife who is also a friend of the Van Dyke's.

The grieving Van Dyke family has plenty of secrets to reveal. Eldest child Creighton has deserted his family to live with a group of anarchists and his common-law pregnant wife Katya. Lilly, Gregory's much younger, beautiful second wife, doesn't seem very upset about her husband's untimely death. Gregory's spinster daughter Alberta has secret reasons of her own for wanting her father dead. And Tad, the youngest Van Dyke son, seems more intent on spending his inheritance than working to ensure financial security for the future.

Malloy, with help from Sarah, learns that Van Dyke's business partner had a long-standing hatred of him. With its swiftly moving story and well-developed characters, Thompson's latest immerses readers in turn-of-the century New York and captivates them with suspense and intrigue. (Jun., 320 pp., $21.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick