The national best-selling author of the Gaslight Mysteries returns with a case of murder in the field of higher learning in Victorian-era Manhattan.
Frank Malloy’s latest client, Will, is searching for his brother, a newsboy named Freddie, who runs off as soon Will’s name is mentioned – only to be found dead a short time later. A suspicious Frank tracks down Will, who spins a tale of lust and deceit involving a young society woman, Estelle Longacre.
Estelle’s risky behavior took a fatal toll, but Frank can’t be sure if the company she kept is to blame or if her own ruthless family had a hand in her death. Frank will need Sarah’s help to discover if there is a connection between Estelle and Freddie’s death. Together they must navigate an underground web of treachery to find answers.