Three Novels Set in NYC
By Beth Goehring
Yes, that’s the Barbizon. Did any of you ever live there, in its days as the acceptable abode for nice single working girls? My sister-in-law did and my husband remembers being stuck in the lobby because men of any age were not allowed above the first floor. Fiona Davis brings together two eras, the 1950s and the present, with a fascinating and complex relationship between two characters: Darby, a long-term resident from the original hotel days, and Rose, a young journalist evicted from one of the building’s new luxury condos. Darby’s history in this elegant tower is much more interesting—and dangerous—than any of the stern minders of the old days would condone. Get the book.
If you loved The Alienist, Carr’s earlier historical novel about psychologist Laszlo Kreizler, you’ll find more atmospheric and intellectually challenging suspense here. Criminal profiler Trajan Jones, a devotee of Kreizler’s almost superhuman detective skills, investigates a contemporary series of murders of young “throwaways” upstate. Get the book.
New York City, a magnet to immigrants since the Dutch first stepped off their ships, plays as much a part in this story of striving and deceit as do Jende, a chauffeur, his boss Clark, a senior exec at Lehman Brothers, Jende’s wife Neni, and Clark’s wife Cindy. Thrown together by fate, each has secrets to hide until their very survival forces the truths out. Get the book.
Beth Goehring believes, with apologies to Lorelei Lee, that rather than diamonds books are a girl’s best friend…and a boy’s, a man’s and a woman’s. For more than twenty-five years, through Book-of-the-Month Club and its related clubs, she’s sold popular fiction, mysteries, romances, cookbooks, children’s books, play scripts, behind-the-scenes tales of the movies and theatre, and lifestyle books. She lives with her husband and