A Curtain Falls by Stefanie Pintoff

By Stefanie Pintoff

The careers of latest York urban detective Simon Ziele and his former companion Captain Declan Mulvaney went in remarkably assorted instructions after the tragic demise of Ziele’s fianc?e within the 1904 normal Slocum ferry catastrophe. even if either males have been earmarked for a lot 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 move up the precinct within the such a lot crime-ridden sector within the city.Yet with all of the detectives and assets at Mulvaney’s disposal, a very confusing crime compels him to seem for somebody he can belief absolutely.  while a refrain girl is discovered useless on a Broadway level wearing the major lady’s gown, there aren't any symptoms of violence, no cuts, no bruises—no marks in any respect. If pressed, the coroner would call it a suicide, yet then that may make her the second one woman to show up lifeless in any such demeanour within the previous few weeks.  And the scoop of a potential serial killer will be in all likelihood disastrous to the burgeoning theater international, let alone the voters 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 manhattan looking for a real fiend.

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Almost noon. ” The coroner’s physician was a professional who took his cases seriously, though his terse style of communication won him few friends. However, it was unlike him to leave a man of Mulvaney’s rank waiting without an explanation. ” Mulvaney didn’t answer. Just then, a woman burst through the curtains, crying loudly, and a man I presumed to be the stage manager followed closely behind. He was a stout man in his forties with thick black hair and a stern face. She was frantic, and her words were largely unintelligible.

He spoke casually, but his eyes were filled with a searching concern as he awaited my answer. Mulvaney knew that the woman I had planned to marry had died aboard the Slocum steamship— together with more than a thousand others who were killed when it caught fire on June 15, 1904. And while my grief for Hannah and many neighbors from my former home on the Lower East Side no longer stung as sharply, I continued to find that certain areas of the city— and cases involving the violent deaths of young women— brought unwelcome reminders of all I had lost.

Iseman, that arrangement is one you’d quickly grow to dislike. ” “Mr. Frohman feels strongly that publicizing Miss Germaine’s death would destroy our reputation and jeopardize the future prospects for this show. We’d like to keep her corpse here, just for today, hidden in the basement. ” Mulvaney laughed aloud at the absurdity of it. ” Leon Iseman gave Mulvaney an icy stare. Mulvaney set his mouth in a firm line. “I’ve already explained that we’re following protocol on this one and taking the body downtown as soon as Dr.

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