Evil of the Age

A Thriller

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About The Book

The year is 1871 and Lucy Maloney, a kept woman, has been found murdered and stuffed in a trunk at the Hudson railway depot and New York journalist Charles St. Clair is on the story. The clues lead him from the mansions of Fifth Avenue to the brothels of SoHo to the dangerous saloons on Water Street. When the medical examiner reveals that the woman died from a botched abortion, St Clair sees a connection to his late wife’s death from the same procedure. St Clare and his boss hire Ruth Cardaso, a beautiful actress, to visit abortion clinics gathering information for an article he plans to run called "Evil of the Age." Deceit at the highest levels of political power comes to light when they uncover Lucy’s connection to a ring of abortionists and to Madame Philippe, a wealthy woman known as “Madam Killer.” As St. Clair dives deeper into the city’s sordid politics, he finds villains in surprising places and comes to suspect that while petty crime in New York is rampant, organized crime trickling from the top down is the true scourge on society. Evil of the Age is well-crafted a mix of historical lore and political corruption set against the seedy background of mid-1800s New York City.

About The Author

Allan Levine is an award-winning writer, historian, and educator. He is the author of nine books, including the Sam Klein mystery trilogy (which was published in Canada and Germany). He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Skyhorse (November 2017)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510726482

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Raves and Reviews

“Winnipeg’s own Allan Levine takes his talents for historical mystery to nineteenth-century New York for this novel. . . . Great research and great fun make this a winner.” —Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

“One of the finest ‘history mysteries’ available today. Evil of the Age is an award-winning novel in waiting . . . . Evil of the Age is history revealed in sordid and fascinating detail. It’s also a mystery—a chilling and believable tale. It simply doesn’t get any better than this.” —Don Graves, Hamilton Spectator

“Levine has done it again. He has seamlessly crafted an amazing mix of historical lore, credible views of the seamiest settings of old New York, an intertwined plot of murderous suspense and political corruption, and with a population of unique characters, good, bad, ugly, and everything in between. For history/mystery fans it’s a book that leaves its readers begging for the next of the St. Clair chronicles.” —M. Wayne Cunningham, Mysterious Reviews

“Winnipeg’s own Allan Levine takes his talents for historical mystery to nineteenth-century New York for this novel. . . . Great research and great fun make this a winner.” —Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

“One of the finest ‘history mysteries’ available today. Evil of the Age is an award-winning novel in waiting . . . . Evil of the Age is history revealed in sordid and fascinating detail. It’s also a mystery—a chilling and believable tale. It simply doesn’t get any better than this.” —Don Graves, Hamilton Spectator

“Levine has done it again. He has seamlessly crafted an amazing mix of historical lore, credible views of the seamiest settings of old New York, an intertwined plot of murderous suspense and political corruption, and with a population of unique characters, good, bad, ugly, and everything in between. For history/mystery fans it’s a book that leaves its readers begging for the next of the St. Clair chronicles.” —M. Wayne Cunningham, Mysterious Reviews

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