Fans of grittier mystery in historic settings will be intrigued by this police procedural set against the backdrop of 1840s New York City. A young Irish immigrant is found brutally murdered and Timothy Wilde, newly employed by the fledgling New York police department, is called upon to find a serial killer. I am a particular fan of fiction that makes me see the world I live in differently. The anti-Irish and anti-Catholic sentiment of that time, and the author’s portrayal of it, contains parallels to issues our society struggles with to this day. An excellent opener to a new mystery series.