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Seven for a Secret

Lyndsay Faye


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October 2013 Indie Next List

“This sequel to the delightfully fresh and entertaining Gods of Gotham is even more compelling and enjoyable as it brings 1840s Manhattan to vivid life. 'Copper star' policeman Timothy Wilde sets out to help a woman whose sister and son have been stolen by slave-catchers. With the help of a charming cast of street denizens, Wilde does his best to protect the people who need his help, including his decadent brother Valentine, while ruthless and dangerous people -- possibly even his brother -- try to stop him. Absolutely wonderful!”
— Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
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One of The Wall Street Journal's Ten Best Mysteries of the Year
"Amazing...This is a series for the ages, it's so spectacular."--Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

1846: In New York City, slave catching isn't just legal--it's law enforcement.

Six months after the formation of the NYPD, its most reluctant and talented officer, Timothy Wilde, learns of the gruesome underworld of lies and corruption ruled by the "blackbirders," who snatch free Northerners of color from their homes, masquerade them as slaves, and sell them South to toil as plantation property.

When the beautiful and terrified Lucy Adams staggers into Timothy's office to report a robbery and is asked what was stolen, her reply is, "My family." Their search for her mixed-race sister and son will plunge Timothy and his feral brother, Valentine, into a world where police are complicit and politics savage, and where corpses appear in the most shocking of places...

Praise For Seven for a Secret

“This is a series for the ages, it’s so spectacular.”—Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

Praise for Seven for a Secret:

“New York must have been a helluva town in 1846...Timothy Wilde, who rescued child prostitutes in Lyndsay Faye’s rip-roaring novel The Gods of Gotham, returns.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Atmospheric and exciting.”—The Wall Street Journal “Memorable lead characters.”—The Oregonian

“This gripping, beautifully written, chilling, hearbreaking, and exciting novel by Lyndsay Faye is a completely immersive experience.....filled with vivid characterization, beautiful language, period slang (a glossary is provided), a gorgeous plot, and with incredibly evocative settings and heartbreaking twists of fate.  In short, this is an amazingly rich story, worthy of the word 'epic,'...This is definitely one of the finest crime novels of the year.”—Mystery Scene

“Faye once again skillfully evokes the early days of the NYPD in this gripping and moving sequel to 2012’s The Gods of Gotham, and Edgar finalist…Simple but effective prose, a brilliantly constructed plot, and three-dimensional characters add up to another winner for Faye.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Faye’s] second novel is doubly impressive. Readers of historical and genre fiction will appreciate the twist and turns of this original series.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Captures the tumult of its time and place in an action-packed plot with elements of tragedy and hope, featuring a protagonist who fights for what is right in the face of corruption. Superlative historical mystery.”—Booklist

“As was the case in The Gods of Gotham, Faye folds a blistering indictment of prejudice and persecution of the defenseless within a satisfyingly complex mystery...Vividly atmospheric; the thieves’ slang all by itself evokes 19th-century New York with wonderful specificity. Let’s hope Faye finds more dirty work for her intriguingly conflicted hero.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Gods of Gotham:

“[A] excellent historical about NYC in the 1840s and the establishment of the NYPD.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“There’s enough excitement here to cause anyone’s veins to quiver.”—The Washington Post Book World

“A wonderful book.”—Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times author of the Harry Bosch novels

“Riveting.”—The New York Times

“One of the worthiest successors yet [to The Alienist].”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air

“Lyndsay Faye is a superstar-caliber writer…The Gods of Gotham is a gift to the genre that readers will surely relish while we wait for Faye’s next one.” —Matthew Pearl, bestselling author of The Dante Club

Berkley Publishing Group, 9780425270882, 477pp.

Publication Date: August 5, 2014

About the Author

Lyndsay Faye is the author of The Gods of Gotham--nominated for an Edgar(R) Award for Best Novel--and the critically acclaimed Dust and Shadow and is featured in The Best American Mystery Stories 2010. Faye, a true New Yorker in the sense that she was born elsewhere, lives in Manhattan with her husband, Gabriel.