Book Review #48: In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff

30 Aug

The Strand is one of my favorite places in NYC. I went there on a Friday night and bought three books at $5 a piece. I grabbed this historical murder mystery off the shelf because it took place in NYC and also was set during the development of criminal profiling.

Shadow of Gotham‘s lead detective is Simon Ziele, who is working in a small upstate New York town while getting over the tragic death of his fiance. When Sarah Wingate, a female doctorate student in mathematics, is found brutally murdered in her wealthy aunt’s home,Ziele is dragged back to New York to solve her murder.

Criminal profiling is a major part of this book. Ziele works with Alistair Sinclair, who has been conducting research on criminals, and criminal rehabilitation, to track down one of Sinclair’s former research subjects suspected of murdering Wingate. The validity of the research, the special favors Sinclair calls in to make his research possible, and Sinclair’s odd assortment of staffers are almost more interesting than the murder itself. 

Solving the mystery is not very complicated. In all likelihood, you’ll piece together the clues within the first half of the novel. And while the characters are a little cartoonish and flat, the details on criminal profiling were enough to keep me engaged.

 

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  1. HelloKatieO’s #CBR4 Review #48: In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff « Cannonball Read IV - August 30, 2012

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