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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
The Eye That Never Sleeps by Clifford Browder takes the reader to New York City in the 1870s. A fantastic, fast-moving city of movers and shakers that had within its streets plenty of odd couple relationships. Once such relationship is a friendship between a young detective and a young bank robber. Detective Sheldon Minick and bank robber Nicholas Hale call a truce to their cat and mouse game of cops and robbers and show one another the New York City they know, from the fanciest places in town to the dirtiest in the poorest areas. Once this truce is over, what will happen? Can friendship survive when one man breaks the law and the other is charged to uphold it?
There is something that has always been fascinating about the 19th century, especially in a big city like New York. It is a place that is full of hustle and bustle today, but to imagine it during this golden age when all the big names from the Industrial Revolution were at their zenith is amazing. Bringing all that glitter and soot together into the story of just two men from the big city is a fantastic idea. You feel the personal connection of following these characters, but you also get the bigger backdrop of New York City during this age.
This book is a delight to all the senses, and I felt like I could have been at any of the places these men went to as their story unfurls. At times you can almost hear the sound of 1870s New York ringing in your ears, or smell the factories or, worse, the docksides. Whether you are someone who likes a good detective style novel or a historical tale, you will love this book because you solidly get both. I won’t tell you how the story ends or what happens when the truce is up, but I will say you don’t want to miss this book.