New York City, 1936. In the midst of the Great Depression, the Big Apple is defiantly striving toward an era infused with art, architecture, and economic progress under the dynamic Mayor La Guardia. But those in City Hall know that tumultuous times can inspire both optimism and deadly danger . . .
It’s been six months since Lane Sanders was appointed Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia’s new personal aide, and the twenty-three-year-old is sprinting in her Mary Janes to match her boss’s pace. Despite dealing with vitriol from the Tammany Hall political machine and managing endless revitalization efforts, Fio hasn’t slowed down a bit during his years in office. And luckily for Lane, his unpredictable antics are a welcome distraction from the childhood memories that haunt her dreams—and the silver gun she’ll never forget.
When Lane gets attacked and threatened by an assailant tied to one of most notorious gangsters in the city, even the mayor can’t promise her safety. The corrupt city officials seem to be using Lane as a pawn against Fio for disgracing their party in the prior election. But why was the assailant wielding the exact same gun from her nightmares?
Balancing a clandestine love affair and a mounting list of suspects, Lane must figure out how the secrets of her past are connected to the city’s underground crime network—before someone pulls the trigger on the most explosive revenge plot in New York history . . .
Lane was raised by her aunt after her parents died and she almost died. Now she's working in the Mayor's office with the usual jealousy - especially with Fio's relationship with her aunt and his morning stops at their home for breakfast. The political opposition is believed to be behind the recent crime including the murder. They are getting more and more bold, so much so that she seeks the assistance of the well known (and feared) gangster with a promise that she'll find the killer. Amidst all this, Lane has recurring nightmares that include a silver gun, and now she's seen the real thing. What she finds out is unexpected and only adds to the mystery.
The characters are unique in their antics and personalities. The story includes subplots and red herrings to distract the reader. The pace is steady and I enjoyed the book. This is the first in the Art Deco Mystery series and I look forward to reading more of these as Lane matures.
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