"Stefanie Pintoff's debut, In the Shadow of Gotham, won two major first novel awards. This sequel is even better.
It's the early 20th century. Former New York police partners Simon Ziele and Declan Mulvaney have taken very different paths. Ziele relocated to rural Dobson, where he can solve crime without facing the violence of the city. Mulvaney, in Gotham, glories in the most violent crimes. But when a showgirl dies onstage, he's stumped and calls on his old partner for help.
Pintoff seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of early criminal investigation, and fits it all into an excellent plot. "