The Waterworks

The Waterworks

Paperback - 1995
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In New York City, 1871, where crime and vice flourish, corruption is king, wealth stands on the shoulders of unspeakable want, there are no limits to larceny. The disinherited son of a millionaire sees his dead father alive and sets off a train of mystery and revelation that takes the reader into the heart of evil.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 1995, 1994.
ISBN: 9780451185631
0451185633
Characteristics: 349 pages ;,18 cm.

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theorbys Oct 01, 2015

Very skillfully told detective tale of 1870s New York in something of a Holmes (Capt. Donne) - Watson (McIlvaine) format. Doctorow above all brings the New York of its time to vivid life as the team tracks down a new version of Viktor Frankenstein. I say Holmes and Watson, but the original model is Poe's Dupin and his unnamed narrating sidekick. In fact there is a distinct Gothic atmosphere to the Waterworks that owes much to Edgar Allan Poe. If you are a genre buff this could easily be 5 stars.

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