Early 20th-century Irish immigrant Molly Murphy has just learned that her soul mate, police captain Daniel Sullivan, has been arrested for accepting bribes. When she visits him at a desolate New York prison known as the Tombs, Daniel implores Molly to help him prove his innocence. Molly agrees when he confesses that he has ended his engagement to society miss Arabella Norton.

Molly's investigation is fraught with danger. She makes contact with Monk Eastman, a notorious gang leader, hoping he will help back up Daniel's assertion that he didn't tip Monk off about a police raid. But Molly may find her own life in danger as she works with pioneering policewoman Sabella Goodwin to find a serial killer who's brutally murdering the city's prostitutes.

Bowen brings to vivid life the world of early 20th-century New York, depicting the poverty, disease and political corruption that existed. Through the eyes of her captivating protagonist, readers will discover the struggles endured by pre-suffragist women who sought better employment and equal treatment. (Mar., 320 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick