Ellie Stone is a professed modern girl in 1960s' upstate New York, a young reporter playing by her own rules while searching for a killer and putting her own life at risk.
A dead girl in the woods. Three little oil spots on the dirt road. A Dr. Pepper bottle cap in the shallow grave. And a young reporter, armed with nothing but a camera.
Evening is falling on a wet, gray, autumn day in upstate New York. Ellie Stone, twenty-four-year-old reporter for a small local daily, stands at a crossroads in her career and in her life. Alone in the world, battling her own losses and her own demons, Ellie is ready to pack it in and return to New York a failure. Then she hears the dispatch over the police scanner.
A hunter, tramping through a muddy wood north of the small town of New Holland, has tripped over the body of a twenty-one-year-old society girl half-buried in the leaves. Ellie is the first reporter on the scene. The investigation provides a rare opportunity to rescue her drowning career, but all leads seem to die on the vine, until Ellie takes a daring chance that unleashes unintended chaos.
Wading through a voyeuristic tangle of small-town secrets, she makes some desperate enemies, who want her off the case. Dead if necessary.
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." --"Bella Online" "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"." --"Library Journal" "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." --"Toronto Star" "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"
Series: Ellie Stone Mysteries
Published: 10th June 2014
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.1 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.25