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Description - Styx & Stone by James W Ziskin

Ellie Stone is a professed modern girl in 1960s' New York City, playing by her own rules and breaking boundaries while searching for a killer among the renowned scholars in Columbia University's Italian Department. "If you were a man, you'd make a good detective." Ellie Stone is sure that Sgt. McKeever meant that as a compliment, but that identity-a girl wanting to do a man's job-has throttled her for too long. It's 1960, and Ellie doesn't want to blaze any trails for women; she just wants to be a reporter, one who doesn't need to swat hands off her behind at every turn. Adrift in her career, Ellie is back in New York City after receiving news that her estranged father, a renowned Dante scholar and distinguished professor, is near death after a savage bludgeoning in his home. The police suspect a routine burglary, but Ellie has her doubts. When a second attempt is made on her father's life, in the form of an "accident" in the hospital's ICU, Ellie's suspicions are confirmed. Then another professor turns up dead, and Ellie's investigation turns to her father's university colleagues, their ambitions, jealousies, and secret lives. Ellie embarks on a thorny journey of discovery and reconciliation, as she pursues an investigation that offers her both a chance at redemption in her father's eyes, and the risk of losing him forever.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781616148195
ISBN-10: 1616148195
Format: Paperback
(209mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Seventh Street Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James W Ziskin

James W. Ziskin is the author of the Ellie Stone mysteries Styx & Stone, No Stone Unturned, Stone Cold Dead, and Heart of StoneĆ¢ a 2017 Edgar(R) Award nominee. A linguist by training, Ziskin was director of New York University's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo for five years, where he collaborated with an impressive catalogue of writers, journalists, and academics on cultural and educational events.