By Stefanie Pintoff
The careers of recent York urban detective Simon Ziele and his former associate Captain Declan Mulvaney went in remarkably diverse instructions after the tragic dying of Ziele’s fianc?e within the 1904 common Slocum ferry catastrophe. even supposing either males have been earmarked for far higher 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 so much crime-ridden sector within the city.Yet with all of the detectives and assets at Mulvaney’s disposal, a very complicated crime compels him to appear for somebody he can belief absolutely. whilst a refrain girl is stumbled on lifeless on a Broadway degree wearing the prime lady’s gown, there are not 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 might 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 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 manhattan looking for a real fiend.
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We were interrupted by Dr. Wilcox, who was at last making his way downstage, equipment bag in hand. He was a tall, rail-thin man with a bald head and black-rimmed glasses. Always lean, he appeared to have lost weight since I had last seen him, almost a year ago. Without preliminaries, Max Wilcox acknowledged us with a nod and set to work. It would be a precursory exam only, designed to obtain the most basic of information before Annie Germaine’s body was moved. Wearing thick cotton gloves, he leaned over the corpse and gingerly raised the woman’s hair to examine her neck.
But this morning’s events, which had left no time for lunch, had created a pounding in my head that I hoped the caffeine would alleviate. After he took another gulp from his cup, he summarized his observations. “The Downs letter has the same handwriting as the one found this morning at the Garrick. It’s written on the same blue paper. ’ Who else has played Pygmalion in this city other than Timothy Poe? In recent years, of course. ” Pleased with his research, he then added, “All the other actors from last year’s revival are out of the area.
But you were explaining why you took Poe into custody. ” I eyed him warily. Mulvaney had been my friend even before we had partnered together for eight years on the Lower East Side. But he was a precinct captain now. Had new political pressures changed his typically deliberate and impartial approach to police work? While I hoped not, this leap to judgment was unlike him. “I’ll not have you think I arrested an innocent man just because he was an easy target. These letters give me valid concerns about Poe.