By Stefanie Pintoff
The careers of latest York urban detective Simon Ziele and his former accomplice Captain Declan Mulvaney went in remarkably assorted instructions after the tragic demise of Ziele’s fianc?e within the 1904 basic Slocum ferry catastrophe. even though either males have been earmarked for far larger issues, Ziele moved to Dobson, a small city north of the city, to flee the violence, and Mulvaney buried himself even deeper, agreeing to move up the precinct within the such a lot crime-ridden quarter within the city.Yet with all of the detectives and assets at Mulvaney’s disposal, a very perplexing crime compels him to seem for somebody he can belief absolutely. while a refrain girl is came upon lifeless on a Broadway degree wearing the top lady’s dress, there aren't any indicators of violence, no cuts, no bruises—no marks in any respect. If pressed, the coroner would call it a suicide, yet then that might make her the second one woman to show up useless in this type of demeanour within the previous few weeks. And the inside track of a potential serial killer will be almost certainly disastrous to the burgeoning theater global, let alone the electorate of latest York.Following at the heels of Stefanie Pintoff’s acclaimed and award-winning debut, A Curtain Falls is a moody and evocative story that follows Ziele and his companions as they scour the darkish streets of early-twentieth-century big apple looking for a real fiend.
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Girls—Crimes against— Fiction. 3. Serial murder investigation—Fiction. I. Title. 6—dc22 2010008708 First Edition: May 2010 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 For Craig and Maddie, without whom . . ACKNOWLEDGMENTS No book comes into being without the support of many people, each of whom has my sincere thanks. I owe my editor, Kelley Ragland, and her keen eye a great debt. My agent, David Hale Smith, is an invaluable source of encouragement and sound advice. Many thanks as well to so many others I’ve gotten to know at Minotaur: Andy Martin, Matt Martz, Hector DeJean, Anne Gardner, copy editor Fran Fisher, and all others who have played a role in bringing this book to publication.
He pushed aside his empty coffee mug, got up, and began to put on his coat and scarf. “Come with me to The Times’ offices. ” But I stayed in my chair and looked up at Mulvaney. ” He was halfway out the door. “You can’t make real sense of these letters. Neither can I. They seem to be all poetry and nonsense. ” Then I took a deep breath and said it. ” The thought had been in my head all afternoon, and I had become increasingly certain of both the necessity and the awkwardness of contacting him.
Iseman explained what I know of it, which is basically that the killer wanted her to look good in death. Annie was a plain girl, a strong dancer and able chorus member. But he claims she’d never have been a leading lady. ” “According to Mr. ” I shook my head as I once again surveyed the figure onstage. The dress and makeup must have radically changed her usual appearance, because what ever the woman in front of me may have lacked in talent or ability, she was certainly pleasing to the eye. Besides, plenty of actresses without conventional good looks were successful on stage.