Ghosts of Manhattan
By George Mann
Reviewed by Ardy
This is not a pastiche, but it was written by George Mann, author of The Spirit Box and editor of several anthologies of Holmes short stories.
Set in an alternate New York in 1926, Ghosts of Manhattan mixes alternate-history steam/dieselpunk with hard-boiled detective fiction. There are mobsters and policemen, and of course there’s a a Big Bad, the Roman, whose signature is leaving Roman coins on the eyes of his (often horrifically mutilated) victims and a vigilante, the Ghost, who is essentially a 1920s Batman. Except, unlike his DC Comics counterpart, he has absolutely zero qualms about killing. It’s sort of like Raymond Chandler by way of Christopher Nolan.
Ghosts of Manhattan By George Mann Reviewed by Ardy This is not a pastiche, but it was written by George Mann, author of The Spirit Box and editor of several anthologies of Holmes short stories. Set in an alternate New York in 1926, Ghosts of Manhattan mixes alternate-history steam/dieselpunk with hard-boiled detective fiction. There are… Read More »
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