By Sandra Dallas
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250030931, 352pp.)
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
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From the ballrooms and mansions of Denver’s newly wealthy, to the seamy life of desperate women, Fallen Women illuminates the darkest places of the human heart.
It is the spring of 1885 and wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen has been estranged from her younger sister, Lillie, for a year when she gets word from her aunt and uncle that Lillie has died suddenly in Denver. What they do not tell her is that Lillie had become a prostitute and was brutally murdered in the brothel where she had been living. When Beret discovers the sordid truth of Lillie’s death, she makes her way to Denver, determined to find her sister’s murderer. Detective Mick McCauley may not want her involved in the case, but Beret is determined, and the investigation soon takes her from the dangerous, seedy underworld of Denver’s tenderloin to the highest levels of Denver society. Along the way, Beret not only learns the depths of Lillie’s depravity, but also exposes the sinister side of Gilded Age ambition in the process.
Sandra Dallas once again delivers a page-turner filled with mystery, intrigue, and the kind of intricate detail that truly transports you to another time and place.
SANDRA DALLAS is the author of thirteen novels, including True Sisters, The Bride's House, Prayers for Sale, Tallgrass and The Persian Pickle . She is a former Denver bureau chief for Business Week magazine and lives in Denver, Colorado.
"A born storyteller, Dallas excels not only at plot but also at peopling her novels with memorable individuals." —Richmond Times Dispatch on True Sisters
"Dallas tells the story of strong women and the beautiful relationships they can create even in impossible circumstances.” —Publishers Weekly on True Sisters
“This fact-based historical fiction, celebrating sisterhood and heroism, makes for a surefire winner.” —Kirkus Reviews on True Sisters
"Whiter than Snow is a fast and engrossing novel that will capture readers' hearts from the first few pages." —Deseret News
"Her sense of time and place is pitch-perfect and her affection for her characters infectious." —Kirkus Reviews on Whiter than Snow
"Prayers for Sale is a finely crafted tale that celebrates women and their resiliency." —Deseret News
"This satisfying novel will immediately draw readers in and the unexpected twists will keep them hooked through to the bittersweet denouement." —Publishers Weekly on Prayers for Sale