January 30, 2012
January 30, 2012
"Cornelia Read's darkest, most passionate, and most poignant book yet."
-Tana French, New York Times Bestselling Author
The smart-mouthed but sensitive runaway socialite Madeline Dare is shocked when she discovers the skeleton of a brutalized three-year-old boy in her own weed-ridden family cemetery outside Manhattan. Determined to see that justice is served, she finds herself examining her own troubled personal history, and the sometimes hidden, sometimes all-too-public class and racial warfare that penetrates every level of society in the savage streets of New York City during the early 1990s.
Madeline is aided in her efforts by a colorful assemblage of friends, relatives, and new acquaintances, each one representing a separate strand of the patchwork mosaic city politicians like to brag about. The result is an unforgettable narrative that relates the causes and consequences of a vicious crime to the wider relationships that connect and divide us all.
While helping clean her wealthy family's run-down cemetery, Madeline Dare, the brash ex-debutante heroine of THE CRAZY SCHOOL and A FIELD OF DARKNESS, discovers the skeleton of a three-year-old child. She soon begins hounding and helping the Manhattan police in their investigation, which unearths 1990 New York's simmering class and racial tensions. Selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 100 Book.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Mystery + Crime, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Cornelia Read
- Online Item #: 13861705
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0563
- ISBN: 9780446511353
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported