The story was tedious and repetitive and. although it was apparently nonfiction, the plot strained credibility at certain points.
"The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck
Pamela's father was the most sympathetic character.
The narrator is excellent and gives sympathetic life to Timothy Wilde. The early days of the NYC PD are quite revealing. Tim's naive goodness is a little unbelievable, and the rampant bribery, prostitution, murder in this period of extreme religious intolerance and dirty politics are painted very black. Still, this portrait of New York City in a turbulent time holds the reader's interest through most of the story.
This book can hold its own in the field of Historic Fiction, but, in the end, the sensationalism of the mystery becomes somewhat repetitive and tedious.
The color and life of Manhattan in 1845 come alive with the narration--Boyer's grasp of the various accents of the city add a lot to the story.
I do not see this as a movie, but it might make a good short series on PBS.
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