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07 October 2013

Seven for a Secret (Gods of Gotham #2)

Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye is the second book in her Gods of Gotham series - about New York City in the 1840s and the beginnings of the NYPD.

Timothy Wilde joined the copper stars reluctantly. Now, six months later, he is the only copper who solves cases, as opposed to walking in a set circle on the lookout for a crime being committed. But in 1846 there are more laws to follow that those on the books - there is also pleasing the Democrats, who keep the police force in existence. And Wilde, unlike his older brother, has not use for politics.

While celebrating the recovery of a painting for a wealthy family, Wilde and a fellow copper are interrupted by Lucy Adams who returned home from work to find her family stolen. At the time, along with returning escape slaves to the South, it was fairly common for free blacks of the North to be kidnapped and sold at slave auctions in D.C. or other market.

Wilde teams up with his old friend Julius Carpenter to find Lucy's family. Carpenter is a member of the New York Committee for Vigilance - trying to protect free blacks from the crooks and criminals who see them as potential profit.

What follows is a twisting mystery of politics, criminals, civil rights and a colorful history of one of the most famous cities in the world. Fans of many genres will love this series. Faye writes in such a way as readers feel they are in the 1840s. You can almost smell the setting.

Faye, Lyndsay. (2013). Seven for a Secret. New York: Amy Einhorn Books.

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