When young, inexperienced but very ambitious female reporter, Emily Strauss, blags her way into newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer's office, she comes away with a treacherous assignment: to discover what happened to Anna Zemeckis, one of many women who have disappeared during the 1893 World's Fair. With the support of a young man who is just venturing into the burgeoning trade of news photography, Emily soon finds herself in a race against time to save Anna's life and to bring her story back to New York before Pulitzer's tough deadline expires.
Chicago is a place of dangerous contrasts. Among all the glitz and razzmatazz of the Fair itself and the spectacular wealth and influence of a new middle class elite, Emily comes face to face with rival ethnic groups, the sinister underworld of pornography and prostitution, as well as the ruthless meatpacking giants of the Union Stock Yard, who control the lives and destinies of so many of Chicago's immigrant poor.
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"Short chapters and tight plot invoke a cold dreak in the reader from the very beginning." (Daily Telegraph)
"A rich historical thriller...Combines striking historical detail with a compelling mystery...Atmospheric" (Observer)
"The description of nineteenth-century Chicago is dramatic ... Excellent" (Literary Review)
"Gripping and atmospheric" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Pacy" (Evening Standard)
A dark and exciting historical novel that is both an adventure story and a powerful rendering of 1890s Chicago
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Book Description Arrow, 2008. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99502178
Book Description Arrow, 2008. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099502178