Styx & Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery

James W. Ziskin. Prometheus/Seventh Street, $15.95 trade paper (285p) ISBN 978-1-61614-819-5
Near the beginning of Ziskin’s competent series starter set in 1960 New York City, reporter Ellie Stone is shaken to learn that her estranged father, a famed Dante scholar, is in critical condition after a brutal beating, with no suspect yet in sight. Moreover, a second attempt on his life, which takes place in the hospital, indicates that the culprit won’t stop until Professor Stone is dead. A determined Ellie throws herself into the case, only to discover a maze of possible motivations, ranging from anti-Semitism to professional rivalry. An attack on a second academic, Ruggero Ercolano, this time fatal, underlines the urgency of Ellie’s investigation. Ziskin’s sense of period isn’t always believable, but he makes the unjust social constraints and pervasive double standard then inflicted on women painfully clear. This solid debut mystery promises even better for future series entries. Agent: William Reiss, John Hawkins & Associates. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/05/2013
Release date: 10/15/2013
Genre: Fiction
Ebook - 151 pages - 978-1-61614-820-1
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