Ghosts of Manhattan
by George Mann
Cover Artist: Benjamin Carré
Review by Drew Bittner
Pyr Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616141943
Date: 27 April 2010 List Price $16.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Call it newpulp or retropunk or whatever you like, but George Mann's Ghosts of Manhattan is breaking new ground by going back to the pulps.
New York City, 1926. It's the Roaring Twenties and things are... strange. A vigilante known as the Ghost is foiling street crime, even as a new criminal genius known as the Roman is murdering upstanding citizens and consolidating his rule over New York's underworld. Despite its marvelous coal-powered cars and rocket-powered biplanes, the city is vulnerable and reeling from this crime spree.From official release/information:
From back of the book: 1926. New York. The Roaring Twenties. Jazz. Flappers. Prohibition. Coal-powered cars. A cold war with a British Empire that still covers half of the globe. Yet things have developed differently to established history.
America is in the midst of a cold war with a British Empire that has only just buried Queen Victoria, her life artificially preserved to the age of 107. Coal-powered cars roar along roads thick with pedestrians, biplanes take off from standing with primitive rocket boosters, and monsters lurk behind closed doors and around every corner.
This is a time in need of heroes. It is a time for The Ghost. A series of targeted murders are occurring all over the city, the victims found with ancient Roman coins placed on their eyelids after death. The trail appears to lead to a group of Italian American gangsters and their boss, who the mobsters have dubbed "The Roman".
However, as The Ghost soon discovers, there is more to The Roman than at first appears, and more bizarre happenings that he soon links to the man, including moss-golems posing as mobsters and a plot to bring an ancient pagan god into the physical world in a cavern beneath the city. As The Ghost draws nearer to The Roman and the center of his dangerous web, he must battle with foes both physical and supernatural and call on help from the most unexpected of quarters if he is to stop The Roman and halt the imminent destruction of the city.