Adam Gottbetter – Top Books
In the Shadow of Gotham
In 1904, the steamship of General Slocum crashed and the thirty-year old New York City detective Simon Ziele seriously injured his right arm and lost his fiancée. After this unpleasant event, Ziele moved in the peaceful, but boring Dobson, not far from New York. He didn’t want to experience anything like it again. But the apparent tranquility of provincial life will be disturbed by a gruesome murder. The young Sarah Wingate, an outstanding student of mathematics at Columbia University and an activist for women’s rights, was brutally murdered at her home. The only trace that was found nearby was a pendant. But soon, a telegram arrived by certain Alistair Sinclair, who claimed to know something about the murder. It turns out that Sinclair is a wealthy law professor at Columbia, with his own Centre for Criminological Research using the help of modern methods, such as fingerprinting, photographing the crime scene and behavioral profiling. But he is convinced to know who the killer is.
In 2009, Stefanie Pintoff made a debut with her historical mystery novel “In the Shadow of Gotham” winning the Edgar Award for best crime novel, Washington Irving prizes, and nominations for Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards. It was only the beginning for her, claims Adam Gottbetter.
“Strindberg’s Star” by Jan Wallentin is the second recommendation from Adam Gottbetter. This novel outlines the story of three Swedish polar explorers, who disappeared in a balloon trip on the Arctic at the end of the nineteenth century.
Their bodies were found several decades after, but no one could determine for sure how Andreé and his companions died. Furthermore, even less people are familiar with the real reason of this expedition, and that the young physicist Nils Strindberg on the road brought Egyptian cross Ankh and star of unknown origin. One hundred years after the amateur diver Erik Hall comes across to a frightening discovery at the mine in Dalarna. Actually, he discovers well-preserved corpse of unknown people. When it is determined that they passed away in the early twentieth century, the public lost interest in the story, but the secret organization tries to reach the cross and star at any cost, which are the key to most closely guarded secrets in the world. Don Titelman, who is an historian, physician and addicted to pills, accidentally falls into their operation.
According to Adam Gottbetter, Wallentin’s “Strindberg’s Star” adventure novel reminds of Jules Verne and Indiana Jones. This exciting story of ancient knowledge and human evil is an international sensation translated into more than twenty languages. All the things considered, this is a real masterpiece.