"Irresistibly seductive…a masterpiece." —Anthony Bourdain
In the sweltering New York summer of 1841, five people are found brutally murdered. At the center of it all is High Constable Jacob Hays, the young city’s first detective and the novel’s "likeable, crusty narrator" (Time Out New York). His investigation spans years, involving gang wars, graverobbers, and clues hidden in poems by that hopeless romantic and minstrel of the night: Edgar Allan Poe.
The Blackest Bird is a gripping and atmospheric historical thriller of murder and deceit in nineteenth-century New York.
About the Author
Joel Rose is the author of Kill the Poor, Kill Kill Faster Faster, and New York Sawed in Half. He founded the literary magazine Between C&D and lives in New York City and on the Jersey shore.
Part history, part mystery, and thoroughly entertaining.
Rose does a scrupulous and impressive job of mustering the pace and mood of the rapidly expanding city…Most satisfying.
— Philadelphia Inquirer
[Rose’s] knowledge of nineteenth-century literature and history is monumental…Anyone who loves New York should read this novel.
A convincing portrait of the New York literary world of the day.
— Publishers Weekly
In The Blackest Bird Joel Rose has caught the wild spirit of Edgar Allan Poe’s New York with terrific panache. It is a vivid picture of the city in the full flush of its rambunctious youth…A marvelous novel.
— Patrick McGrath, author of Asylum