Stein, Triss.

ISBN 10: 0802733190 / ISBN 13: 9780802733191
Published by New York: Walker, 1998. dj, 1998
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The second mystery featuring journalist Kay Engels. - it involves both an old mystery uncovered by an archeologist's dig at an old tavern in New York City which unearthed a 300 year old skeleton and a very contemporary murder. SIGNED on the title page. 190 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.). Bookseller Inventory # 62050

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Publisher: New York: Walker, 1998. dj

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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If a city is to grow, it is sometimes necessary to go downward first, into the layers of earth and the mounds of detritus left behind like a snake's skin from earlier periods. Usually, there's nothing much to be discovered in the holes that will become the foundation of new buildings: some stones, old wood, broken bottles.
Fifty feet from Wall Street, where New York City began, some urban archaeologists have sifted through the layered years and uncovered the usual and then they found the unusual: the burned bones of a man murdered three hundred years ago.
For magazine columnist Kay Engels, the body, discovered by her friend Vera, might make an interesting story ... if anything can be learned about what happened in the tavern where the murder probably was committed. For the moment, though, the site is just a news item . . . until another very contemporary murder takes place and the story turns deadly.
From Little Moscow in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach to the top of the skyscrapers lifting Manhattan ever higher, Kay digs into the world of real estate development and finance, unearthing a blueprint for murder that now has her name right at its foundation.

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A somewhat slicker follow-up to the debut novel that introduced features reporter Kay Engels (Murder at the Class Reunion, 1993). Kays working for a magazine in New York; missing her lover Tony, away on business; deciding to look for her long unheard from Aunt Sally, whom shed recently discovered to be her real birth mother; and renewing ties with old school friend Dr. Vera Contas, an archaeologist. Veras present dig is in the Wall Street area where realtor Alan Elkan will be putting up a commercial building after Vera completes the required archaeological survey. So far she has uncovered traces of a burnt-out 17th- century tavern, probably frequented by seafarers, possibly even Captain Kidd. The open site has been plagued by vandalism, despite security overseen by Jerry Murtaugh, who also works for Alans father, a longtime builder in Brooklyn. A fatal accident (or was it?) involving construction worker Kevin Conley; a shot fired at Vera; the trashing of Kays carall this, and more, climaxed by the murder of Alan Elkan, sends Kay on a dangerous investigation centered in Brooklyn nearly costing her life. Motivation lacks credibility, and Kays first-person narrative spends too much time on inner angst, but most readers will find the archaeological lore and Brighton Beach background at least mildly diverting. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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