The Girl in the Glass

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The Great Depression has bound a nation in despair -- and only a privileged few have risen above it: the exorbitantly wealthy ... and the hucksters who feed upon them. Diego, a seventeen-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant, owes his salvation to master grifter Thomas Schell. Together with Schell's gruff and powerful partner, they sail comfortably through hard times, scamming New York's grieving rich with elaborate, ingeniously staged seances -- until an impossible occurrence changes everything.

While "communing with spirits," Schell sees an image of a young girl in a pane of glass, silently entreating the con man for help. Though well aware that his otherworldly "powers" are a sham, Schell inexplicably offers his services to help find the lost child -- drawing Diego along with him into a tangled maze of deadly secrets and terrible experimentation.

At once a hypnotically compelling mystery and a stunningly evocative portrait of Depression-era New York, The Girl in the Glass is a masterly literary adventure from a writer of exemplary vision and skill.

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"You may gallop through [THE GIRL IN THE GLASS] for entertainment, but it will go on to haunt you."--Locus

"Schell [is] an intriguing scoundrel, as if Sherlock Holmes had a Moriarity taint in his gene pool."--Kirkus Reviews

"Off-beat, thoroughly researched . . . [Ford has] crafted an engaging read."--Publishers Weekly

"THE GIRL IN THE GLASS grabbed me and wouldn't let go . . . A spellbinding story, splendidly told."--Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Off-beat, thoroughly researched . . . [Ford has] crafted an engaging read. --Publishers Weekly"

You may gallop through [THE GIRL IN THE GLASS] for entertainment, but it will go on to haunt you. --Locus"

Schell [is] an intriguing scoundrel, as if Sherlock Holmes had a Moriarity taint in his gene pool. --Kirkus Reviews"

THE GIRL IN THE GLASS grabbed me and wouldn t let go . . . A spellbinding story, splendidly told. --Globe and Mail (Toronto)"

About the Author:

Jeffrey Ford is the author of three previous story collections and eight previous novels, including the Edgar(R) Award-winning The Girl in the Glass and the Shirley Jackson Award-winning The Shadow Year. A former professor of writing and early American literature, Ford now writes full-time in Ohio, where he lives with his wife.

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