Friday, March 9, 2012

The Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford

First sentence:

"Some days ago I sat by the window in my room, counting the number of sedative pills I've palmed over the course of the last three months."


"The Great Depression has bound a nation in despair -- and only a privileged few have risen above it: the exorbitantly wealthy ... and the hucksters who feed upon them. Diego, a seventeen-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant, owes his salvation to master grifter Thomas Schell. Together with Schell's gruff and powerful partner, they sail comfortably through hard times, scamming New York's grieving rich with elaborate, ingeniously staged séances -- until an impossible occurrence changes everything.

While 'communing with spirits,' Schell sees an image of a young girl in a pane of glass, silently entreating the con man for help. Though well aware that his otherworldly "powers" are a sham, Schell inexplicably offers his services to help find the lost child -- drawing Diego along with him into a tangled maze of deadly secrets and terrible experimentation.

At once a hypnotically compelling mystery and a stunningly evocative portrait of Depression-era New York, The Girl in the Glass is a masterly literary adventure from a writer of exemplary vision and skill." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a good book about staged seances, immigration, Prohibition and life of grifters trying to make a living among the rich. I liked Diego's relationships with Schell, Antony, and Isabel.

Date read: 3/8/2012
Book #: 10
Challenge: Off the Shelf Challenge 2012
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Historical Fiction

ISBN-10: 0060936193
ISBN-13: 9780060936198
Publisher: Dark Alley
Year: 2005
# of pages: 281
Binding: Trade Paperback
LibraryThing page

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