Fatal Flame

Fatal Flame

eBook - 2015
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The final installment in Lyndsay Faye's Timothy Wilde series, which Lee Child called "solid-gold" and Gillian Flynn declared "spectacular."

No one in 1840s New York likes fires, copper star Timothy Wilde least of all. After a blaze killed his parents and another left him with a terrible scar, he has avoided flames of all kinds. So when a seamstress turned arsonist threatens Robert Symmes, a corrupt tycoon high in the Tammany Hall ranks, Timothy isn't thrilled that Symmes consults him. His dismay escalates when his audacious and charismatic older brother, Valentine, himself deeply politically entrenched, decides to run against the incumbent, who they suspect is guilty of assault and far darker crimes. Immediately after his brother's courageous declaration, Timothy finds himself surrounded by powerful enemies who threaten to harm those he cares about most.
Meanwhile, the love of Timothy's life, Mercy Underhill, unexpectedly appears on his doorstep and takes under her wing a starving Irish orphan who may be the key to stopping the combustions threatening the city--if only they can make sense of her cryptic accounts. The closer they come to deciphering her wild tales of witches and angels, however, the closer Timothy comes to the fiery and shocking conclusion that forces him to face everything he fears most.
A boisterous and suspenseful book from a master of historical adventure, The Fatal Flame is a tale for the ages.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [London] : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2015.
ISBN: 9780698155947
Characteristics: 1 online resource (480 pages)


From Library Staff

Faye concludes her Timothy Wilde series with a story satisfying for existing fans and also welcoming to first-time readers. There is so much to enjoy about these books, from the impressive research demonstrated in the precise language and geography of mid-nineteenth century New York City to the r... Read More »

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May 01, 2017

This story starts of like a lit fuse of dynamite and doesn't stop until the climatic explosion at the end. This murder mystery is fast-paced, twisting and turning with each chapter. If you've followed Faye's whole series, this third installment truly is the penultimate story arc for her character Timothy Wilde. The cast of characters undergo such dramatic changes throughout this novel that they are fully realized and fully transformed by the end of the story. In short, the character development plays a bigger role than the mystery-whodunit revelation. Antagonists are revealed to be just as flawed and beautiful as the protagonists. And side-characters are revealed to have a tender depth you didn't think was possible. As always with Faye's work, the characters are the meat of the story. However, the stroke of genius she uses talking about the rise of feminism and labor unions sets a great background for her murder mystery. If you've read the whole series, this is a fine piece for a tumultuous, moody, story.

On a personal note, I was surprised at how much I missed these characters when the series was over. I often found myself missing them, and wondering what happened to them in their hypothetical futures. I recognize that may make me sound crazy; but I think it reveals the beauty, brilliance and perhaps madness of Lyndsay Faye's character development. Overall, a solid read.

Sep 10, 2016

An exciting and interesting read. I will really miss these characters now the series has ended. I encourage anyone who enjoys historical fiction to get into this series.

May 09, 2015

At times much more of a thriller than previous books in the series, this, the third and last, is an ode to a changing city and the many characters we have come to know. Copper star Timothy Wilde (not to mention his brother), remains one of my very favorite characters. Bravo for a complex and emotional end to the series.


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