City of Light
City of Light
Dial Press, Paperback, 9780385337649, 512pp.
Publication Date: August 30, 2005
The year is 1901. Buffalo, New York, is poised for glory. With its booming industry and newly electrified streets, Buffalo is a model for the century just beginning.
Louisa Barrett has made this dazzling city her home. Headmistress of Buffalo's most prestigious school, Louisa is at ease in a world of men, protected by the titans of her city. But nothing prepares her for a startling discovery: evidence of a murder tied to the city's cathedral-like power plant at nearby Niagara Falls. This shocking crime--followed by another mysterious death--will ignite an explosive chain of events. For in this city of seething intrigue and dazzling progress, a battle rages among politicians, power brokers, and industrialists for control of Niagara. And one extraordinary woman in their midst must protect a dark secret that implicates them all...
“Suspenseful…A historical novel of high intrigue.”
“Get your hands on City of Light, a full-to-the-brim first novel…a straight-through, sleepless read.”
“A big novel, full of electricity…Niagara Falls, with currents of romance, suspense and history, cascades through City of Light…
a pleasure to read.”
--The Oregonian (Portland)
“Breathtaking...a remarkable blend of murder mystery, love story, political intrigue and tragedy of manners.”
“An ingenious first novel…alive with historical figures who mingle seamlessly with fictional characters.”
--The New York Times Book Review
“Wonderful…part murder mystery, part love story.”
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