This is the second in the Ellie Stone series and it’s just as engrossing as the first. It’s a smart fresh take on the female investigative reporter in that Ellie is only twenty-four-years-old and the setting is 1960s’ New York. Clearly, she has her work cut out for her as she must be twice as clever as her male colleagues and equally brazen. In Ziskin’s latest, Ellie is the first reporter on the scene when a young woman’s body is discovered in the woods of upstate New York. She uncovers small-town scandals and shocking secrets as she navigates through the tight-lipped worlds of academia and high society in her quest to find the killer. Exquisite prose paired with a quick-witted introspective heroine makes this a series you don’t want to miss.
– Sarah— From Sarah Chen
Praise for the first Ellie Stone mystery:
“Rife with 1960s detail, the clever plot entertains at a steady pace through numerous twists and turns providing plenty of action along the way…. The author understood the period and portrayed the loose, open morality of the times. This amazing first novel is well worth checking out.”
“This debut will appeal to readers who love mysteries that take place in academic settings.”
—RT Book Review
"An engrossing debut in what promises to be a fascinatingly complex series set in the 1960s. With abundant academic flair and somber references to the Holocaust and World War II, Ziskin successfully pulls off a nuanced plot sure to appeal to both fans of academia and Mad Men."
“The year is pre-feminist 1960, and in the person of a 23-year-old New York newspaper reporter named Ellie Stone, Ziskin offers a woman sleuth who is as loose and mouthy as any guy…. For such a freewheeling character, the plot is surprisingly intellectual.”
“In Ziskin’s version of the classic ‘noir’ novel, the scene of the crime is a trendy Manhattan high-rise rather than a dive in LA or ‘Frisco.’ What’s more, his murder victims are learned academics rather than crooks, so they cross the infernal river just once without first going up the creek. Most surprising for our expectations in the noir genre is that Ziskin’s protagonist is not a boozy, disheveled, and raunchy has-been, but a beautiful, chic young woman and raunchy wannabe.”
—John Freccero, professor of Italian literature, New York University
“Styx & Stone is a knockout! Vivid period detail, a clever plot revolving around a stolen academic manuscript, and a memorable protagonist add up to one of the year’s best mystery debuts. Readers will want to see a lot more of Ellie Stone....’”
—Lynne Raimondo, author of Dante’s Poison