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CITY OF THE ABSENT
ROBERT WALKER
ISBN #978-0-06-074012-2
November 2007
Harper Collins
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99
310 Pages
Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups

Inspector Alistair Ransom is a man whose reputation is as big as he is. He seeks truth and justice by any means in corrupt Chicago.

Jane Francis Tewes is forced to hide her identity as a woman to work as a doctor in Chicago. A few, including her daughter, a medical student and her lover, Alistair Ransom, know the truth and its dangers.

At the close of the Columbian Exposition in 1893 Chicago, the mayor is murdered on his front lawn and a madman is “harvesting” people he thinks no one will miss for medical research. His henchmen pick the wrong person one night, brutally murdering an undercover Pinkerton operative and drawing the attention of the tenacious Inspector Ransom.

This novel is obviously part of a series that I have not read and I was a bit lost in the beginning. However, I was soon up to speed and enjoying the story. The author paints a vivid picture of 1893 Chicago and the people who live there. I had no problem seeing the city through Ransom and Jane’s eyes, the descriptions were so good. Jane and Ransom’s stormy relationship is well described along with the stories vicious murders and dirty politics. It is hard to say too much without giving away major points of the story and this mystery is too good to spoil. I will say that the author gives us a great mystery and insight into the White City and its residents. It maybe violent and gory but it is well written and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Maura
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