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The Gods of Gotham (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Lyndsay Faye

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Title:The Gods of Gotham
Authors:Lyndsay Faye
Info:Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 432 pages
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The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (2012)

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I absolutely loved this one! Faye captures the very heart and soul of 1845 New York City - or more particularly lower Manhattan - and gave this reader the perfect antihero in Timothy Wilde. Wilde never planned on joining the newly minted NYC police force - known as the Copper Stars for the shape and metallic origins of their hastily crafted "badges" - and his relationship with his older brother Valentine is just one of many side stories captured in this enthralling, sweeping story of crime, religion, politics and friendship. Reading Faye's story, I found my senses of taste, sight, touch and smell responding to her wonderful descriptive writing. The descriptions of certain body mutilations are not for the faint of heart but the complex plot with its twists and detailed forensic analysis, and the well-rounded characters, kept me from shying away from this one. Bird, the homeless girl Tim encounters late one night, is a delight, as are the fast-talking pack of newspaper boys Tim befriends. At its core, this is a police procedural / crime story, but it is so much more than that. It is an exploration of Irish immigration, anti-Catholic sentiment and the essentially lawless state of a younger America and a rich historical fiction worthy of any historical fiction lover's attention.

.... so, am I happy to learn that Faye has written two more books focused on Timothy Wilde? You bet I am! ( )
  lkernagh | Jan 22, 2017 |
It's really a three star book, but I enjoyed listening to it more than I was irritated by the cliches. Plus she writes good dialogue, and who wouldn't want to be on the ground floor with the first New York police detective. ( )
  mkunruh | Nov 13, 2016 |
Wonderful historical thriller with all of it-- a complex plot, great characters, history well done, unrequited love and an unexpectedly poignant story of brothers. I want to see more of Timothy Wilde aye and for true. ( )
  jjaylynny | Nov 12, 2016 |
This book deserves more than 5 stars ... Whatever I'm going to write in this small review rectangle won't do it justice. The characters, the setting, the buildings, the words and language used, just amazing. This book is a historical fiction and the writer did a great job in doing her research before writing this book.

This is the first sequel of Timothy Wilde adventures. If Timothy was a real life character, I'd marry him without thinking ( )
  books.paper.mania | Sep 13, 2016 |
The Gods of Gotham is a fantastic, richly drawn story that works well on all of its levels. This is a story about murder, a story about politics, a story about immigrants, a story about faith and the lack there of, and, finally, it is a story about family, about brothers.

Timothy Wilde is young man with plans. He has a savings and girl in mind to marry. He also has an older brother, whom he hates, who is volunteer firefighter and player in the Democratic party in New York city. The year is 1845.

It is not long before Timothy's dreams are crushed when a major fire tears through his part of the city destroying his savings, his job, and scarring his face. With bitter reluctance, he takes a job as beat cop in the newly formed NYC Police Department. A job secured by his brother Valentine's political connections.

His life is changed, once again when he runs headlong into a young girl whose night dress is covered in blood.

What I enjoyed most about this book is the character of Timothy Wilde himself. He is a man lost and hurting who is thrust into a position of authority to which he rises to that responsibility with courage and dogged determination.

I was initially unsure of the narrator as his voice and the text seemed to be more modern that 19th century setting. I soon forgot this as the story hit its stride and took me a long for the ride.

So many themes in this book mirror our modern dilemmas; political corruption, immigration and integration, and the police. It is entertaining on the surface, as a mystery, and on a deeper level as commentary on the fact that as much as society evolves over time, it stays just as much the same.

I recommend this one highly. ( )
5 vote brodiew2 | Aug 24, 2016 |
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New York City of 1845 is a cacophany of competing lexicons. In The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye, the city’s political bosses, religious leaders, starving Irish immigrants, impoverished nativists, civil leaders, race-baiters, headline writers, popular novelists, street hawkers, sinners, lovers, and criminals each employ language as distinctive as a police report’s. But also whispering among the leaning hovels of babble in Five Points are secret loyalties, monstrous acts, and madness.
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Amid many intersecting factions, venues, and intents, the novel retains a glorious and tragic coherence. Without being epigraphic, The Gods of Gotham is a feast of language, 1845’s New York City as a magnificent assembly of newspaper articles, poems, sensational novels, crime reports, advertisements, amateur theatrics, hawkers’ calls, political promises, and flash conversations, making those tender and awful things that can’t be said even more keenly felt.
 
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For my family,
who taught me that when you are
knocked considerably sideways, you get up and keep going,
or you get up and go in a slightly different direction
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When I set down the initial report, sitting at my desk at the Tombs, I wrote:
On the night of August 21, 1845, one of the children escaped.
The history of New York's Five Points is rife with legend, speculation, and controversy, but I have done my best to present its condition accurately. (Historical Afterword)
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In 1845 New York City Timothy Wilde, a twenty-seven-year-old Irish immigrant, joins the newly formed NYPD and investigates an infanticide and the body of a twelve-year-old Irish boy whose spleen has been removed.
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Timothy Wilde is
one of New York's first police
investigators.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399158375, Hardcover)

1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.

Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, saving every dollar and shilling in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this untested "police force." And he is less than thrilled that his new beat is the notoriously down-and-out Sixth Ward-at the border of Five Points, the world's most notorious slum.

One night while returning from his rounds, heartsick and defeated, Timothy runs into a little slip of a girl—a girl not more than ten years old—dashing through the dark in her nightshift . . . covered head to toe in blood.

Timothy knows he should take the girl to the House of Refuge, yet he can't bring himself to abandon her. Instead, he takes her home, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd Street. Timothy isn't sure whether to believe her or not, but, as the truth unfolds, the reluctant copper star finds himself engaged in a battle for justice that nearly costs him his brother, his romantic obsession, and his own life.

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New York City, 1845. Timothy Wilde, a 27-year-old Irish immigrant, joins the newly formed NYPD and investigates an infanticide and the body of a 12-year-old Irish boy whose spleen has been removed.

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