“A DARK PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER THAT TAKES YOU INTO THE MIND OF A TRANSGENDER KILLER.”
As a young, aspiring writer for the New York World Newspaper, Emma Gilder is determined to succeed as an investigative journalist. However, she finds little chance to move ahead in a male-dominated newsroom. That is until she is given the assignment to cover the murder of a merchant seaman.
One assignment leads to another and Emma soon finds herself working relentlessly to cover a growing number of homicides in Lower Manhattan. As she vigorously investigates her story of a mass-murderer, the real killer begins to stalk her.
To make life more difficult, Emma angers the New York City Police Department with a newspaper exposé about police corruption. As a result of her writing, she becomes the target of a crooked policeman, who is hell-bent on revenge.
While caught up in the challenge of investigative journalism, Emma’s personal life begins to suffer from the demanding pace of her work. Still, she manages to find time for romance. Emma stokes her burning desire to learn more about a handsome, young store owner, whom she is strongly attracted to, and possibly in love.
Emma is not the only person in danger. Her dear friend and mentor, Victor Titus, a suave, sophisticated journalist for the National Police Gazette, is being stalked by an escaped lunatic, called the Mad Hatter. The madman is possessed by a haunting conspiracy theory that dates back to the Civil War when he and Victor were assigned to capture John Wilkes Booth.
The violent eruption of murders come to a head when a Manhattan woman is brutally butchered in the same manner that London’s Jack the Ripper murders his victims.
Victor and Emma will each be lured into a death trap by psychotic killers. However, there are more than two murderers on the loose, or are they all the same person?
Bleecker Street delves into the primal settings of Manhattan nightlife during the Gilded Age when deviant behaviors infested the streets and backrooms of seedy nightclubs and saloons. It opens the curtain and reveals the wretched life of a poor female immigrant and the destitution of women struggling to survive alone on the mean streets of New York City in an age of growing upper-class wealth.
“The strong sub-plots make this much more than a historical tale; however, this well-written novel has it all. The dynamics of relationships, revenge, corruption, and the pain of losing someone you love. The twists and turns to the plot throughout were superb, and I thought I had guessed the killer, but the revelations at the end really came as a surprise.”
Highly recommended and reviewed by Readers’ Favorite – FIVE STARS
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Ted is a native of Westbrook, Maine. He attended the University of Maine, Portland Campus, where he studied journalism before pursuing a career in business management. Ted has published three books, Nikola's Otherworld and The REALM, and BLEECKER STREET. Ted now resides in Pennsylvania with his wife Pat. Ted is an avid reader of thrillers, adventures, and fantasy. The Valley of Orbs, was Ted's first novel.