The Orphanmaster, by Jean Zimmerman
1663 in the hardscrabble colony of New Amsterdam—today’s lower
Manhattan—orphan children are going missing and residents suspect a
serial killer. The list of possible culprits is long and strange. Among
those looking into the mystery are a shrewd young Dutch woman, Blandine
van Couvering, and a dashing Englishman, Edward Drummond, whose newfound
romance is threatened by horrible accusations.
In this spellbinding work of historical fiction, Jean Zimmerman relates the harsh realities of life in early Manhattan, re-creating the sights, smells, and textures of the rough settlement surrounded by wilderness and subject to political turmoil. Compulsively readable and filled with New York history, The Orphanmaster will delight fans of Caleb Carr, Hilary Mantel, and Geraldine Brooks.
Trade Paperback. Excellent, near-mint condition. 2012. 418 pages.
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