In the Shadow of Gotham
In the Shadow of Gotham, Stefanie Pintoff's debut, won the first Minotaur Books/MWA Best First Crime Novel award. It's the Twentieth Century and crime detection has begun to take advantage of the new sciences available: fingerprints, profiling. Detective Simon Ziele has moved to Dobson, a small town in New York's Westchester county, a train-ride from New York City, following the tragic death of his fiance in the wreck of the steamship General Slocum in 1904. Ziele had been one of the NYC detectives called to scene to rescue survivors, but he was unable to save Rachel, his fiance. He's been called to the scene of a particularly gruesome murder of a young Columbia mathematician, Sarah Wingate. Alistair Sinclair, a Columbia professor and criminologist, has been studying the criminal mind and offers his assistance. He knew Sarah. She worked part-time in his Department.