The Girl in the Glass

The Girl in the Glass

Book - 2005
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The Great Depression has bound a nation in despair -- and only a privileged few have risen above it: the exorbitantly wealthy ... and the hucksters who feed upon them. Diego, a seventeen-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant, owes his salvation to master grifter Thomas Schell. Together with Schell's gruff and powerful partner, they sail comfortably through hard times, scamming New York's grieving rich with elaborate, ingeniously staged s#65533;ances -- until an impossible occurrence changes everything.

While "communing with spirits," Schell sees an image of a young girl in a pane of glass, silently entreating the con man for help. Though well aware that his otherworldly "powers" are a sham, Schell inexplicably offers his services to help find the lost child -- drawing Diego along with him into a tangled maze of deadly secrets and terrible experimentation.

At once a hypnotically compelling mystery and a stunningly evocative portrait of Depression-era New York, The Girl in the Glass is a masterly literary adventure from a writer of exemplary vision and skill.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Pub., c2005
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780060936198
0060936193
Branch Call Number: FIC Ford
Characteristics: 286 p

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sharonb122 Sep 08, 2014

I just picked up this book on an impulse and was glad I did. This gave a different image of the depression than usually depicted with the focus on the con man and his helpers and the rich upon whom they preyed. The con man has a heart, though, as he took on the homeless boy to help him have a better life than he, himself, had had. Some things were quite humorous and got pretty mad-cap towards the end. Other parts were sad and revealing, such as the historical background about the deportations of Mexicans and the KKK of Long Island and the Eugenics Record Office.

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