City of Liars and Thieves
The spellbinding story behind the lyrics to "Non-Stop" from Broadway's Hamilton, "the first murder trial of our brand-new nation" comes to life in this debut novel set in post-Revolution New York City, where a conspiracy involving Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr erupts in shattering violence.
It's the summer of 1799, and Manhattan is a teeming cesspool of stagnant swamps and polluted rivers. The city is desperate for clean water as fires wreak devastation and the death toll from yellow fever surges.
Political tensions are rising, too. It's an election year, and Alexander Hamilton is hungry for power. So is his rival, Aaron Burr, who has announced the formation of the Manhattan Water Company. But their private struggle becomes very public when the body of Elma Sands is found at the bottom of a city well built by Burr's company.
Resolved to see justice done, Elma's cousin, Catherine Ring, becomes both witness and avenger. She soon finds, however, that the shocking truth behind this trial has nothing to do with guilt or innocence.
Praise for City of Liars and Thieves
"Gracefully written with exquisitely drawn, convincing characters, this is one of those rare historical novels that hit not one false note. City of Liars and Thieves offers a compelling tale of romance and intrigue, set in a fascinating era of Manhattan's tumultuous past." --Leslie Wells, bestselling author of Come Dancing
"A tense, revelatory tale of a case lost to time, City of Liars and Thieves lifts the veil of a great city's dark and intricate past and brings it to life for a new generation." --Rebecca Coleman, author of The Kingdom of Childhood
" City of Liars and Thieves is both a historical murder mystery and the tragic story of a vulnerable woman snared in the ambition of New York's most powerful men. Eve Karlin captivates at every step with a nuanced narrator, right-here-and-now details, and steadily mounting dread. But it's the twist ending that leaves us gasping, like the narrator, with the vertigo of disillusionment and a craving for justice." --Maia Chance, author of Snow White Red-Handed
"In this absorbing tale of lust, greed, and scandal set in postcolonial New York City, Eve Karlin is as adept at conjuring the yellow-fever-ridden streets of eighteenth-century Manhattan as she is at creating characters whose motives and yearnings feel timeless. I couldn't tear myself away." --Suzanne Chazin, author of Land of Careful Shadows
"Both suspenseful and emotional . . . Karlin does a great job weaving together her fictional accounts with actual historical ones." --No More Grumpy Bookseller
"Precisely my sort of mystery: full of history and great writing . . . definitely not to be missed!" --Bibliophilia, Please
"A well-researched, minutely plotted piece of work that will appeal to lovers of historical crime set in the New World." -- Crime Fiction Lover
New York :, Random House Publishing Group
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