From the book jacket: Elizabeth Gaffneys Dickensian Metropolis captures the
splendor and violence of New York in the years after the Civil War, as young
immigrants climb out of urban chaos and into the American
On a freezing night in the middle of winter, Gaffneys nameless hero is
suddenly awakened by a fire in P. T. Barnums stable, where he works and
sleeps, and soon finds himself at the center of a citywide arson investigation.
Determined to clear his name and realize the dreams that inspired his hazardous voyage across the Atlantic, he will change his identity many times, find himself mixed up with one of the citys toughest and most enterprising gangs, and fall in love with a smart, headstrong, and beautiful young woman.
Comment: Metropolis is set in the notorious 'Five Points' area of Lower Manhattan in the mid 19th ...
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