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Hostage Taker: A Novel by Stefanie Pintoff

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Hostage TakerThis is a different story and a good one but somewhat tough to follow. It basically all occurs in and around St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. A man, Amos MacDonald, is heading into church when he spots a lady standing outside the huge doors of the church. As he walks up toward her he notices a cop slip past her and quickly enter the church. Amos nears her and asks if she needs help or is she waiting for someone. However he also quickly notices a red dot appear on her forehead and then bang! She is shot, falls over dead as Amos quickly hits 911 on his phone.

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From there the story moves forward as Eve Rossi is leaving the graveyard after burying Zev, her stepfather, she is stopped by two FBI agents who inform her that there is a problem in downtown NYC and her expertise is needed. Eve is a profiler and in this case the Hostage Taker in St Patrick’s has asked for her specifically to be on the scene because of her knowledge, background, and talents.

In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff

In the Shadow of GothamReviewed by Teri Davis

Criminal profiling began in the early twentieth century in our country. In this rare look into New York City during the year of 1904, you get a chance to solve a murder with just the tools and the knowledge they actually had available to them at the time when you read In the Shadow of Gotham.

Detective Simon Ziele recently left the New York City police after the death of his fiancée with a permanent injury to his right arm. Now he continues to work with the police in the quiet city of nearby Dobson.

Sarah Wingate, a brilliant mathematics graduate student at Columbia, is murdered gruesomely. She was both stabbed and beaten to death. Why would anyone hate her so much to kill her? Sarah was a well-known feminist. Could this relate to her feminist views?

Ziele with his boss, Joe Healy, join an unlikely group of budding criminologists from Columbia University in an effort to solve the murder. This group immediately informs Ziele that Michael Fromley is the murderer. Why? How did Michael know Sarah? Where is Michael? What else has Michael done?