It is 1893 and Anna Zemeckis, a young New Yorker, goes missing in America's most dangerous city: Chicago. Home to the World's Fair, Chicago is a city of glitz and razzmatazz - a city intoxicated by its own spectacular wealth - but beneath the sophisticated façade lies a sinister underworld of pornography, prostitution and violence. It's a lethal place for the weak or vulnerable - and Anna isn't the first young woman to disappear without trace.
Emily Strauss, an inexperienced but ambitious reporter from the New York World, is given a treacherous assignment: to find out what happened to Anna, and to the other missing women. Against a punishing deadline, alone in a dangerous and unfamiliar world, she faces a near-impossible task. And, she soon discovers, a powerful enemy ...
'Gripping and atmospheric' Sunday Telegraph
'A rich historical thriller...Combines striking historical detail with a compelling mystery' Observer
'Short chapters and tight plot invoke a cold dread in the reader from the very beginning' Daily Telegraph
When young, inexperienced but very ambitious female reporter, Emily Strauss, blags her way into newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer's office, she comes away with a treacherous assignment: to discover what happened to Anna Zemeckis, one of many women who have disappeared during the 1893 World's Fair. With the support of a young man who is just venturing into the burgeoning trade of news photography, Emily soon finds herself in a race against time to save Anna's life and to bring her story back to New York before Pulitzer's tough deadline expires.
Chicago is a place of dangerous contrasts. Among all the glitz and razzmatazz of the Fair itself and the spectacular wealth and influence of a new middle class elite, Emily comes face to face with rival ethnic groups, the sinister underworld of pornography and prostitution, as well as the ruthless meatpacking giants of the Union Stock Yard, who control the lives and destinies of so many of Chicago's immigrant poor.
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Description du livre Arrow, 2008. Mass Market Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0099502178