The year is 1909. Coney Island is a wild, bright, malodorous, noisy, and garish place, luring work-weary folks in with its dangerous roller coasters, bizarre shows, tantalizing displays, and promises of "improper" gaiety to be remembered. Suzanne Heath, a ticket-seller for Luna Park's amusements... show more
The year is 1909. Coney Island is a wild, bright, malodorous, noisy, and garish place, luring work-weary folks in with its dangerous roller coasters, bizarre shows, tantalizing displays, and promises of "improper" gaiety to be remembered. Suzanne Heath, a ticket-seller for Luna Park's amusements and a reluctant psychic, has been called in by police Lieutenant Granger to help find and stop a murderer whose victims have been hideously mutilated. Suzanne feels compelled and obligated to offer her assistance even as doing so recalls memories of her childhood and youth when her psychic talents only brought about rejection, heartache, and pain. Suzanne's one true friend is Cittie Parker, a young man who ran away from the Colored Waifs' Asylum and now performs as a bloodthirsty Zulu drummer in Dreamland. He knows of her abilities and fears for her safety. As Suzanne digs deeper into the grisly Coney Island murders and her own past, she finds herself and Cittie caught up in a nightmare where worlds converge and collide, where death gleefully beckons and insanity grins like a devil at the gate of hell.
Publish date: August 27th 2013
Pages no: 360
Edition language: English
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. The story moved along quite slowly at times but the pay off was well worth it at the end.The author has brought two great characters to life in Suzanne and Cittie, both were well fleshed out and their friendship gives us insight into the racial...
In her novel Hell Gate, Elizabeth Massie tells a riveting story that defies the boundaries in many ways. In fact, it took me a while to decide what genre to list for it. The fact that it is set in 1909 on Coney Island might make it Historical Fiction. The murders and police investigation might indic...
Too slow going for me. I'm actually surprised I finished reading the whole thing. It was disappointing, primarily because of the pacing.
Please visit my site for the full text: http://mwgerard.com/halloween-reads/While I was not able to devote an entire post to this title, I included it as a Halloween read.
Suzanne has powersthat work at will.She's trying to find a fella that likes to kill.She's clairvoyant and can see things true.Other times she gets nothing...boo-hoo.She digs Cittie, but has to keep it cool.Back then colored folk didn't mix the gene pool.The sentences were kind of lumbering,dragging ...