City of Dark Hearts (Paperback)James Conan (author)
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When young, inexperienced but very ambitious female reporter, Emily Strauss, blags her way into newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer's office, she comes away with a treacherous assignment: to discover what happened to Anna Zemeckis, one of many women who have disappeared during the 1893 World's Fair. With the support of a young man who is just venturing into the burgeoning trade of news photography, Emily soon finds herself in a race against time to save Anna's life and to bring her story back to New York before Pulitzer's tough deadline expires.
Chicago is a place of dangerous contrasts. Among all the glitz and razzmatazz of the Fair itself and the spectacular wealth and influence of a new middle class elite, Emily comes face to face with rival ethnic groups, the sinister underworld of pornography and prostitution, as well as the ruthless meatpacking giants of the Union Stock Yard, who control the lives and destinies of so many of Chicago's immigrant poor.
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 395 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 35 mm
A rich historical thriller...Combines striking historical detail with a compelling mystery...Atmospheric * Observer *
The description of nineteenth-century Chicago is dramatic ... Excellent * Literary Review *
Gripping and atmospheric * Sunday Telegraph *
Pacy * Evening Standard *
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“Brilliant - great purchase!!!”
Took only three days to read this, despite the 500+ pages. Literally didn't want to put it down.
The story's broken into sections of time, with various characters - sometimes with other writers that has... More
“City of Darke Hartz”
Chicago in 1893 was a pretty dangerous place to be a woman, as Anna Zemeckis and her would-be rescuer, Emily Strauss, soon find out.
This is a curious novel, and one quite difficult to rate. On the one hand, it is an... More
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