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Shadows in the White City
Inspector Alastair Ransom series #2

by Robert W. Walker

      Shadows in the White City has a good plot, compelling dialog, and interesting characters. It will keep you guessing to the very end. A good read.

Chicago, Illinois; June 1893. The phantom of the fair is still at large. The infamous Inspector Alastair Ransom of the Chicago Police Department is determined to catch the phantom; in fact it has become an obsession to him. An obsession beginning to cost Ransom his friends and put his job in jeopardy.

Waldo Denton, whom Ransom believes to be the killer, is young and innocent looking. Just a lad with no criminal record. He's arrested but released from custody due to a lack of evidence against him.

Griffin Drimmer, Ransom's young partner, becomes a victim of the phantom. Since the law won't deal with Denton, Ransom takes matters into his own hands. After he dispatches the phantom killer to the bottom of Lake Michigan he learns of yet another serial killer on the loose.

Children are vanishing. The "Leather Apron" killer is believed to be the work of cannibalism. Outbreaks of fear grip the city and will continue to until the killer is found.

When Senator Chapman's granddaughter becomes a victim he wants to take matters into his own hands and repay the killer his due. He strikes up a deal with Dr. Fenger (the city's ME) and Chief Kohler (the Chief of Police). The Senator wants them to turn the killer over to him once he's found. Ransom turns down their deal and struggles to do his job even though Chief Kohler is determined to destroy Alastair Ransom.

Ransom turns to the street children, the homeless, looking for answers. Will the mythology of the street children help Ransom with his investigation?

The Book

Harper Collins
March 27, 2007
Mass Market Paperback
Mystery/Historical [Chicago 1893]
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The Reviewer

Connie Harris
Reviewed 2007
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