In the winter of 1808, hard times have struck the once bustling port of New-York. President Thomas Jefferson’s embargo against British goods has marooned seamen in the streets and sent dockworkers to the poorhouse. There is violence. And murder. The chief suspect appears to be Coroner John Tonneman’s own son, Peter, who is missing along with $60,000. The High Constable, Jacob Hays, wants answers. John Tonneman needs all the skill and expertise at his disposal, following a trail of blood and scandal that leads from a thirty-year-old series of brutal killings to the highest circles of city government. The High Constable and the Coroner must work together to unmask the real killer before he strikes again – this time much closer to home.
“Deftly plotted and carefully researched … an entertaining read that will delight history/mystery buffs.”
“… Annette and Martin Meyers, who write jointly as Maan Meyers, have expertly extended their saga of an early New Amsterdam/New York family of doctors and …detectives ….”
“The High Constable recreates using ink and paper the historic New York that is recognizable and understandable even to our modern eyes. It is an outstanding example of historical fiction in evoking the thoughts and actions of the people of New York from that long-ago time. I plan on reading the two previous novels in the series, The Kingsbridge Plot and The Dutchman on my own time, and that’s no higher praise from a book reviewer.”
—Bill Peschel, The McClatchy News Service