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Gold in Peace, Iron in War (Nightingale Detective)
by Anthony Flacco

Published: 2022-10-21T00:0
Paperback : 376 pages
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A talented detective duo must unmask a sinister child smuggling ring and expose the corruption in a world rocked by war.

Four and a half years after the terrorist bombing plot of 1916, expert detective Randall Blackburn is ready to face his toughest case yet. When a San Francisco mayor ...

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A talented detective duo must unmask a sinister child smuggling ring and expose the corruption in a world rocked by war.

Four and a half years after the terrorist bombing plot of 1916, expert detective Randall Blackburn is ready to face his toughest case yet. When a San Francisco mayor recruits him and his adopted daughter Vignette Nightingale to bust a horrifying child smuggling ring, Randall plunges into a sinister investigation with roots far deeper than he could have ever imagined.

As they begin to peel back the layers of mystery behind the so-called “Orphan Trains,” Randall and Vignette piece together the shocking truth behind an underground railroad with ties across the Atlantic. Determined to stop the ruthless practice and bring down the culprits, the detective duo must use all of their wits to expose the corruption that lurks in the shadows.

But there are powerful figures who would rather keep the Orphan Trains a secret… and Randall quickly finds himself locked in a deadly battle to unmask the shady people who have crept into the upper echelons of power.

Dive into the thrilling fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Anthony Flacco’s Nightingale Detective series. Drawing on his experience as an award-winning screenwriter and true crime novelist, this exhilarating historical crime novel features real-life figures and events. Perfect for fans of Devil in the White City.

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Praise for New York Times bestselling author Anthony Flacco and the Nightingale Detective series:

“…Dickens meets Hannibal Lecter. Brace yourself.” —Booklist

"...gripping and completely original…will raise the hair on the back of your neck.” —William Bernhardt, author of Capitol Threat “Every historical mystery tries to hone in on the ideal setting at the perfect moment in time. Anthony Flacco succeeds on both counts in his first novel." —Marilyn Stasio, NY Times Book Review

"...leaves you anxiously awaiting the next installment." —The Freelance Star

"...offers an abundance of those page-turning pleasures readers seek in historical thrillers: a time-trip through a richly imagined past, a story that never loosens its suspenseful grip, and a fascinating look at the roots of modern forensic science." —Harold Schechter, author of The Serial Killer Files

“Atmospheric, chilling, and with more twists and turns than crooked Lombard Street. The Last Nightingale has it all. I couldn’t put it down.” —Cara Black, author of Murder On The Ile Saint-Louis

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PROLOGUE


It was still dark out. Early fog hung thick over San Francisco’s waterfront. Darkness and fog, however, did not stop them. They somehow found the boy beneath the wharf and they were on him like flies. He knew the strange ones came out in full force during the dark hours, but how did this batch of random Old Ones know about him? ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. Does anything in this book’s story remind you of our current day situation?
2. Is human trafficking a political problem, or a problem of human nature?
3. Do you believe this unlikely family has a chance at survival?
4. Before reading this story, had you ever heard of the Orphan Trains?
5. Would you have wanted to live in this era?
6. The externals of life are certainly very different today, but how about the experience of being human? In your opinion, since the days of this story’s setting, has human nature moved forward, backward, or stayed the same?

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