Frank and Sarah Malloy are enjoying married life and looking to make their family official by adopting Catherine, the child Sarah rescued and has been raising as her daughter. The newlyweds soon discover, Parnell Vaughn, an actor and Catherine's legal father, is looking to fatten his pockets by insisting on a financial settlement to relinquish his parental rights. Even though exchanging money for a child is illegal, Frank and Sarah's love for Catherine drives them to take a chance. When Frank returns with the money and finds Vaughn beaten to death, all evidence points to Frank as the culprit. A relatively unsuccessful actor with no money and little promise, Vaughn seems at first to be an unlikely candidate for murder--particularly such a violent crime of passion--but Frank soon uncovers backstage intrigue as dramatic as any that appears on stage. Sarah and Frank must use all of their resources to investigate Vaughn's death as Frank's own life hangs in the balance.
When a murder hits close to home, Frank finds himself in an unusual position...
Praise for the Edgar(R) and Agatha award-nominated Gaslight mysteries:
"Tantalizing." CATHERINE COULTER, New York Times bestselling author
"[Thompson's] Gaslight series is a consistent winner." BOOKLIST
"Thompson vividly re-creates the gaslit world of old New York." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Victoria Thompson shines...Anne Perry and Caleb Carr fans, rejoice!"--TAMAR MYERS, of the Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries
"A fascinating window into a bygone era."--Kirkus Reviews
"Gangs of New York, eat your heart out--this book is the real thing."--Mystery Scene
"Enthralling...Fascinating characters with a story to tell." --Fresh Fiction