Picks and Pans Review: The Thomas Street Horror

updated 03/29/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/29/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Raymond Paul

In this mystery, based on a real case, the year is 1836, and a young man gets a job as a reporter on the New York Sun. He is befriended by a clever Irish lawyer. While providing all the juiciest details of crimes to sensation-mongering penny newspapers of the day, the reporter falls in love with a prostitute. She is killed, and the trial of an innocent young man for her murder is nicely drawn. The wily lawyer manages to uncover the actual murderer in a courtroom scene worthy of Perry Mason. The novel is conventional, but the dialogue is brisk, and plenty of deft, original touches keep things moving. (Viking, $13.95)

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