Set in the mid Nineteenth Century New York City, The Gods of Gotham is about a murder mystery that threatens the fledgling police force. Former bar tender Timothy Wilde has a knack for detective work and is thrust into trying to solve the crime. It’s a violent era in the city and it doesn’t take much to set off the tinderbox that is the overcrowded forming metropolis.
Author Lyndsay Faye provided a compelling tale using a historic backdrop that drew me in to the novel. Based on comments from others she seems to have accurately captured the details of the era. I have read several novels where detective work did not rely on fancy gadgets and hi-tech instruments. As with them, Faye’s hero has to rely on his instincts to pursue the offender. As with them I found The Gods of Gotham an interesting book. The only fault is with the ending and I found it a little disappointing. I cannot say more without ruining the novel and it is worth not spoiling the ending.
The author seems to have created a group of characters that can have many more adventures. I hope so.