Gramercy Park

Paula Cohen

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New York City, 1894. To Gramercy Park, bordered by elegant town houses, cloistered behind its high iron fence, comes Mario Alfieri, a celebrated tenor and the toast of Europe. Poised for his premier at the Metropolitan Opera, the summit of society, Alfieri needs a refuge from the clamor of New York’s elite . . . and from the eager women who rule it. He finds it, he thinks, at Gramercy Park, in the elegant mansion of the recently deceased Henry Ogden Slade. The house is available, but not quite empty. Clara Adler, Slade’s former ward, lives there still, friendless and alone. Who is this bewitching young woman? Why did Slade take her into his home, only to leave her penniless at his death? And what tragedies and terrors have left Clara little more than a pale and frightened ghost, haunting the deserted mansion? Mystified, then enchanted, Alfieri is soon involved in an intrigue that spans two decades and pits him against a vicious enemy who swears to destroy both him and the woman he loves . . . and whose weapons are scandal, murder, and the revelations of Clara’s past...

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Gramercy Park
BOOK IMarioPrologueDEATH IS A GOOD TOPIC for conversation. The fascination with it seems ingrained in human beings, and there are few acts performed during the lives of most people that are so endlessly discussed, so lovingly dissected, as the act of leaving it. A natural modesty seals the lips of even the most talkative when procreation or birth are mentioned, and the intimate details of marriage, child-rearing, and family life are, at best, confided to one's closest friends.But death is different. The last, lingering illness and all of its symptoms are picked over with morbid

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Praise for Gramercy Park

“Leave[s] us amazed at her ability to re-create a vital, graceful, almost elegiac world.” –Chicago Tribune

“High society, mystery and opera merge in Cohen’s haunting first novel.” –New York Daily News

“With a compelling plot and lush description, Paula Cohen tells an involved tale of wealth, power, secrets, and surprise in high society.” –Susan Vreeland, author of The Passion of Artemisia

“Gramercy Park has everything we need in a book: cliffhangers, plot twists, and surprises galore.”Katherine Neville, author of The Eight and The Magic Circle

“An excellent read, refreshing...brings to mind Victorian novels, with shades of Dickens in its considerable drama and suspense. Moreover, Cohen is a masterful storyteller who skillfully draws readers into her plot and characters.” –Chattanooga Times Free-Press

“A dazzler...[an] intriguing tale of love, suspense and Gothic terror.” –Arizona Daily Star

“Suspenseful drama...with a sly and absorbing plot” –Publishers Weekly

“[An] irresistible concoction of civilized terror.” –Booklist

“Keeps readers engaged” –People

“New twists unfold on every page” –Rocky Mountain News

“Plot twists, a remorseless villain, and a rags-to-riches triumph impel readers to keep turning pages.” –Library Journal

“A plot-twisting tale of scandal, intrigue, and the upper crust.” –Book Street USA

“A talented author whose creativity is matched by a rare fluency, a flow of words almost poetical in nature” –Provincetown Banner

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Paula Cohen

Paula Cohen is a native New Yorker with an addiction to the opera and all things Victorian. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband. Gramercy Park is her first novel.

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Gramercy Park
Paula Cohen

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312309978
ISBN10: 031230997X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429972284
ISBN10: 1429972289
336 pages

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