Sunday, May 02, 2010

Pg. 69: Ellen Horan's "31 Bond Street"

The current feature at the Page 69 Test: 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan.

About the book, from the publisher:
Who killed Dr. Harvey Burdell?

Though there are no witnesses and no clues, fingers point to Emma Cunningham, the refined, pale-skinned widow who managed Burdell’s house and his servants. Rumored to be a black-hearted gold digger with designs on the doctor’s name and fortune, Emma is immediately put under house arrest during a murder investigation. A swift conviction is sure to catapult flamboyant district attorney Abraham Oakey Hall into the mayor’s seat. But one formidable obstacle stands in his way: the defense attorney Henry Clinton. Committed to justice and the law, Clinton will aid the vulnerable widow in her desperate fight to save herself from the gallows.

Set in 1857 New York, this gripping mystery is also a richly detailed excavation of a lost age. Horan vividly re-creates a tumultuous era characterized by a sensationalist press, aggressive new wealth, a booming real-estate market, corruption, racial conflict, economic inequality between men and women, and the erosion of the old codes of behavior. A tale of murder, sex, greed, and politics, this spellbinding narrative transports readers to a time that eerily echoes our own.
Read an excerpt from 31 Bond Street and view the trailer; learn more about the book at author at the official 31 Bond Street website.

See "The Story Behind the Story: '31 Bond Street,' by Ellen Horan," at The Rap Sheet.

The Page 69 Test: 31 Bond Street.

--Marshal Zeringue