SuspensionTom Braddock Series (Volume 1)
Richard E. Crabbe
St. Martin's Griffin
May 31, 1883, 3:55 p.m. Twenty thousand men, women, and children, their faces shining in the late afternoon sun, are strolling the Eighth Wonder of the World. The Brooklyn Bridge is open just a week, its promenade a magnet for the teeming masses of New York and Brooklyn. An engineering marvel of transcending beauty, the bridge is simply breathtaking.
In precisely five minutes, it will fall.
Seven desperate men, former Confederate soldiers turned saboteurs, have labored for years to destroy the bridge, which they saw as a symbol of hated Yankee supremacy.
Sergeant Detective Tom Braddock is one step behind the conspirators. Working through a series of murderous dead-ends, Braddock has dogged the seven men from the cables of the bridge to the shadowy alleys of the Lower East Side and the back streets of Richmond, Virginia. Slowly, he has slowly drawn closer to the unthinkable truth, a truth that none can accept...
Praise for Suspension
“First novelist Crabbe is a thoughtful writer...His suspenseful, well-researched historical will have Caleb Carr fans asking for more. Comparisons to The Alienist are well-earned.” —Library Journal
“Few authors have been able to match [Caleb] Carr's knack for combining modern pacing and plot twists with the scholarship and research needed to bring an earlier age to life. A notable exception is Richard E. Crabbe...One hell of a fine yarn.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
“Crabbe debuts with a cunningly imagined historical fiction...[a] richly atmospheric thriller.” —Publishers Weekly
“[Crabbe] pulls back from the criminal mind to offer panoramic views of the consequences of history. Suspension may not be as breathtaking as the Brooklyn Bridge, but Crabbe knows how to demolish all resistance.” —The LA Times
“Superb detail and abundant action make this a solid page-turner.” —Kirkus Reviews-