In Old New York, Teddy Roosevelt seeks answers to a cartoonist’s killing, a missing woman, and an impending bomb plot
As a newspaper war flares between Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, noted cartoonist Evan Crandall is murdered in his apartment. When police officer Dennis Muldoon finds the body, he also discovers a naked, sultry beauty blindfolded and tied to the bed. She pleads with him to free her, but after he unties this mysterious “Pink Angel,” she steals his gun and escapes. Meanwhile, anarchists are planning to blow up the Croton Reservoir during a millionaire’s nearby wedding reception. Enter the police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt.
With the help of Officer Muldoon, Roosevelt is on a mission to set the city in order, and that will mean putting a stop to escalating crime, and locating the mysterious Pink Angel.
I seem to be on a roll, and not in a good way. I came to this thinking it would be interesting coupled with Ragtime, there are many historical characters of the period overlapping, though this takes place about 20 years prior to Ragtime. However, I was immediately disappointed by the clunky cliche ridden writing with pointless episodes drawing out the proceedings. The narrator tries with some of the voices and accents but I grew tired quickly of an uninspired historical mystery. Even sped up to 2x to get through it and got about half way and decided I didn't care and stopped. Will ask for credit back to use more wisely. There is a point at which I'm willing to take a hit when I experiment with new authors and genres, but these uninspired narrators and poor novels need to stop. someone must be pre-reading or listening to these choices, how do they get through? I would much rather eagerly await an inspired performance of Pynchon (which we didn't get) than slog through some of this dreck. Sorry can't recommend. (& this author supposedly won 2 straight Edgar awards for mystery novels just prior to this, makes me wonder about the panel of judges)
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