A girl on her own in a foreign city. A life on the streets. A man who threatens to kill her.
When teenager Sarah Fleishman is thrown out of her family’s Manhattan tenement, she only survives a few hours before Shimon offers a place to stay and warm food in her belly. Forced to sell her body in exchange for room and board, Sarah sees no way of escape.
When Shimon assaults her, Sarah turns to the local gang boss and finds solace in a fleapit hotel, away from the dangers that lurk on the sidewalks. But she forgets that she’s never far away from Shimon’s reach and when he comes at her with a knife, she must use all her wits to evade death.
The prequel to the Alex Cohen series is an historical novella, which sashays around turn-of-the-century New York, raising the hem of its skirt as we watch the formative years of the woman who played such an enormous part in Alex’s life. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir rips at the heart of every reader.
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