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Styx & Stone
Styx & Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery | James W. Ziskin
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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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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."

EadieB 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. 7mo
EadieB 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. 7mo
EadieB 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. 7mo
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EadieB This author is an excellent writer. It's 1960 and Ellie's father, a University Italian Studies professor, has been attacked. It is the study of Dante that brings the reader to the brink of this mystery. I'm looking forward to the 2nd book in the series. You need to check out Ziskin for an extraordinary gift and use of the language. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
Andrew65 Another great sounding book. 7mo
EadieB @Andrew65 yes it was very good! 7mo
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Tagged book- quick read set in New York City. Young reporter called back to her estranged father‘s side when he is found in his apartment unconscious after a vicious attack. Suspects largely from the Italian Dept at NYC University, where he father taught his specialty, Dante. Oranges for Christmas, buddy read with a student about a family separated by the Berlin wall & their daring escape plan to the West to reunite. Alice Pendlebury: some magic

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