By Ellen Horan
although there are not any witnesses and no clues, hands aspect to Emma Cunningham, the subtle, pale-skinned widow who controlled Burdell's apartment and his servants. Rumored to be a black-hearted gold digger with designs at the doctor's identify and fortune, Emma is instantly positioned below residence arrest in the course of a homicide research. A speedy conviction is certain to catapult flamboyant district legal professional Abraham Oakey corridor into the mayor's seat. yet one ambitious situation stands in his means: the safeguard legal professional Henry Clinton. devoted to justice and the legislation, Clinton will reduction the susceptible widow in her determined struggle to avoid wasting herself from the gallows.
Set in 1857 long island, this gripping secret can be a richly specified excavation of a misplaced age. Horan vividly re-creates a tumultuous period characterised through a sensationalist press, competitive new wealth, a booming real-estate industry, corruption, racial clash, financial inequality among women and men, and the erosion of the previous codes of habit. A story of homicide, intercourse, greed, and politics, this spellbinding narrative transports readers to a time that eerily echoes our own.