By Stefanie Pintoff
The careers of latest York urban detective Simon Ziele and his former associate Captain Declan Mulvaney went in remarkably diverse instructions after the tragic loss of life of Ziele’s fianc?e within the 1904 basic Slocum ferry catastrophe. even supposing either males have been earmarked for far greater issues, Ziele moved to Dobson, a small city north of the city, to flee the violence, and Mulvaney buried himself even deeper, agreeing to go up the precinct within the such a lot crime-ridden zone within the city.Yet with all of the detectives and assets at Mulvaney’s disposal, a very confusing crime compels him to appear for somebody he can belief absolutely. whilst a refrain girl is discovered lifeless on a Broadway level wearing the top lady’s dress, there aren't any indicators of violence, no cuts, no bruises—no marks in any respect. If pressed, the coroner would call it a suicide, yet then that will make her the second one woman to show up lifeless in this sort of demeanour within the previous few weeks. And the inside track of a potential serial killer will be most likely disastrous to the burgeoning theater international, let alone the electorate of recent York.Following at the heels of Stefanie Pintoff’s acclaimed and award-winning debut, A Curtain Falls is a moody and evocative story that follows Ziele and his companions as they scour the darkish streets of early-twentieth-century big apple looking for a real fiend.
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As she answered each question on the witness stand, her manner had been shy and demure. Her voice, always tremulous, suggested she was just on the verge of tears. And throughout, she displayed a wide-eyed innocent stare, as though she could not quite believe what was happening to her. But what was truly an art was the timing with which her blue eyes watered just before she gazed through long, dark lashes toward the twelve men on the jury. Her every gesture was designed to convince them of one important truth: that she was completely incapable of the cold-blooded murder for which she stood accused.
As a shut bud that holds a bee, I warily ope’d her lids: again Laugh’d the blue eyes without a stain. Mulvaney had been right. The references to Pygmalion and Galatea were similar, but the lines of poetry differed substantially. My old partner busied himself pouring milk and sugar into the fresh cup of coffee his assistant had just brought in. He politely offered me a mug as well, feigning shock when I accepted. “Thought you were choosy about your coffee,” he said, his tone chiding. ” I said good-naturedly.
Girls—Crimes against— Fiction. 3. Serial murder investigation—Fiction. I. Title. 6—dc22 2010008708 First Edition: May 2010 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 For Craig and Maddie, without whom . . ACKNOWLEDGMENTS No book comes into being without the support of many people, each of whom has my sincere thanks. I owe my editor, Kelley Ragland, and her keen eye a great debt. My agent, David Hale Smith, is an invaluable source of encouragement and sound advice. Many thanks as well to so many others I’ve gotten to know at Minotaur: Andy Martin, Matt Martz, Hector DeJean, Anne Gardner, copy editor Fran Fisher, and all others who have played a role in bringing this book to publication.
A Curtain Falls by Stefanie Pintoff