Greed. Corruption. Murder. New York in 1880 is a hell of a place to make your living.
Nellie Bly arrives at age 24 in Manhattan, lacking connections and money, but blessed with an abundance of courage and a skill for reportage. Within ten months she lands two front-page stories on the country’s most widely-read newspaper, Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. The pugnacious and voluble Pulitzer is so impressed that he assigns her to get to the bottom of a murder that has confounded the police—the untimely death of his friend Emma Lazarus, the controversial poet and activist. Her investigation leads to tense encounters with some of the most powerful and ruthless men of the time, in an era where elected officials are bought and sold, and where greed runs rampant on an unregulated Wall Street.
Outgunned and ignoring her contemptuous all-male colleagues, Bly has only two real allies: a doctor who uses scientific techniques to establish criminal behavior, and a theater critic with unlimited access to underground New York. As the pieces fall into place Bly uncovers layer after layer of corruption, getting closer to a dangerous core - and to the truth.
©2014 Marshall Goldberg (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Really enjoyed this story. Historical fiction on Nelly Bly & Emma Lazarus. Well researched, well developed, and each chapter segued into the next creating an eagerness to continue and learn more. I highly recommend this book for those who have an interest in this period of history.
I love historical fiction! This story about Nellie Bly, familiar to me, by name - was wonderful!
One strong, determined and very capable woman, during a time when it was still much "a man's world". She helped pave the way - and the NY history is very interesting! I couldn't wait to find an opportunity to listen, whether at home or in the car!! Sorry to have it end; I have been recommending it to anyone who will listen (to me!! 😄)!
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