THE EYE THAT NEVER SLEEPS
BY CLIFFORD BROWDER
The Eye That Never Sleeps (Black Rose Writing, 2019) is the fourth title in Clifford Browder’s Metropolis series of historical novels set in nineteenth-century New York. Hired by the city’s bankers to apprehend the thief who is plundering their banks, private detective Sheldon Minick develops a friendship with his chief suspect, Nicholas Hale, an elegant young man-about-town who is in every way the sober Methodist detective’s opposite. They agree to a truce and undertake each to show the other the city that he knows and values. Further adventures follow, including a cancan, a gore-splattered slaughterhouse, the elegant Delmonico's, and a brothel with leap-frogging whores. But when the truce ends, the inevitable finale comes in the dark midnight vaults of a bank.
Not a standard detective story. Sheldon Minick loves to belt out Methodist hymns at church. He is fascinated by Nicholas Hale, who is young, dapper, free-spending -- a risk-taker, deft with women, bisexual.
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