Secret of the White Rose

Secret of the White Rose

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The murder of Judge Hugo Jackson is out of Detective Simon Ziele's jurisdiction in more ways than one. For one, its high-profile enough to command the attention of the police commissioner. The judge was presiding over the trial of Al Drayson, an anarchist, who set off a bomb at a Carnegie wedding, but instead of killing millionaires, it killed passersby, including a child. The trial has captured the attention of 1906 New York City.

Furthermore, Simon's precinct doesn't include Gramercy Park, which is where the judge is found in his town house with his throat slashed. But his widow insists on calling her husband's old classmate criminologist, Alistair Sinclair, who in turn enlists Ziele. Together they must steer Sinclair's methods past a police force that is focused on rounding up Drayson's supporters and have all but rejected any other possibilities.

Edgar Award-winning author Stefanie Pintoff's combination of a fascinating case and the sometimes-brutal and sometimes-glittering history of turn-of-the-century New York in this stellar historical makes Secret of the White Rose an utterly compelling read.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012, c2011
Edition: 1st Minotaur Book pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9781250001665
1250001668
Branch Call Number: FIC Pinto 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 370 p

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paulsarkisian
Jun 04, 2014

The Secret of the White Rose has been a wonderful surprise! I enjoyed reading the book. Very satisfying.

I found the book after being turned off by the more ponderous reading of Caleb Carr's novels. This one moved along very well, yet still gave rich background of the early 1900's in New York. Pintoff was able to maintain an engrossing story while keeping alive the colorful milieu of an alien time and place (New York City during WWI.)

I've been on a kick of reading about the WWI time frame with novels by Charles Todd, Laurie King, Ken Follett and others. This one is a welcome addition to the genre of criminal investigation at the beginnings of modern world.

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LT
Nov 10, 2013

Pintoff's novels move at such a rattling pace that one does not always notice logical inconsistencies that are never addressed. Occasionally the need for a sterner editorial hand. An enjoyable but imperfect read. I appreciated the glimpse at New York's ethnic and class divides as they were in the early 1900s. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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