31 Bond Street
“The skill with which Ellen Horan has braided true crime with thoughtful novelizing is pure pleasure.… Caleb Carr meets Scott Turow. What could possibly be better?” — Beverly Swerling, author of City of God “An impressive blend of imagination and history as it vividly brings to life one of New... show more
“The skill with which Ellen Horan has braided true crime with thoughtful novelizing is pure pleasure.… Caleb Carr meets Scott Turow. What could possibly be better?” — Beverly Swerling, author of City of God “An impressive blend of imagination and history as it vividly brings to life one of New York’s City’s most notorious crimes. Ellen Horan has written a novel that, once begun, will be difficult for any reader to put down.” — Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena 31 Bond Street, an unforgettable literary debut from Ellen Horan, is based on the true story of a brutal murder, a desperate mother and mistress, and the vicious constraints of 19th century society. Fans of Caleb Carr’s The Alienist, Edith Wharton’s The House of Myrth, and John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil will love the stunning prose and beautiful imagery of 31 Bond Street.
Publish date: March 1st 2011
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, 19th Century
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
, New York
With 31 Bond Street, Ms. Horan presents the reader with historical fiction at its finest. It is a story that is quite literally "ripped from the headlines", with those headlines first printed in the 1850s. A real-life murder mystery, Ms. Horan does an excellent job of filling in the blanks, imagin...
I thought this book was interesting, but really dryly written. With the twistedness of the storyline, I think the author could have drawn the readers in more.
This ripped-from-the-headlines, made-for-the-tabloids tale has it all. Murder, corruption, scandal, illicit relationships, class conflict, legal intrigue...and the chance to get a great deal on some New Jersey swampland! Ellen Horan's historical novel 31 Bond Street is indeed ripped from the headlin...
The story begins in 1857 as police are called to 31 Bond Street upon the horrific murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell. Poised for a run at the mayor's office, ambitious D.A. Abraham Oakey Hall sets his sights on Widow Emma Cunningham as his #1 suspect. Supposedly living in Burdell's house as a tenant and *...
After reading the first 70 pages, I've decided to let this one go. This is not to disparage the book in any way. I can see that a lot of care went into the writing, and it's based on a true case, which adds interest. It's a whole heck of a bunch better than most first novels coming out these days....
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