The Prisoner of Hell Gate

The Prisoner of Hell Gate

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"Karalee Soper, a graduate student at Havermeyer University's school of public health, grew up hearing tales of her heroic great grandfather, George A. Soper, who tracked down and locked away Irish immigrant cook Mary Mallon--the infamous disease carrier who came to be called Typhoid Mary. So when partying on a pleasure cruise with her closest friends, she finds herself in an area of the East River known as Hell Gate--in sight of the long-uninhabited island where Mary languished bitterly for decades--and can't resist the temptation to sneak ashore for a secret visit. Soon five curious and precocious twentysomethings are wandering among the macabre ruins of abandoned Riverside Hospital. Budding experts on the history of communicable disease, these students think they've mastered everything there is to know about Typhoid Mary and North Brother Island. But they don't know who tends the garden by the crumbling greenhouse. They don't know about the ghosts of the General Slocum shipwreck. They don't know the intentions of the hermit woman who offers to cook them dinner. And, worst of all, they know nothing of the sinister history lurking in the DNA of Karalee Soper, who will soon learn to her horror that the real prisoner of Hell Gate is the person she least suspects"--
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2016
ISBN: 9781250089700
1250089700
Branch Call Number: FIC WOLFF 2016
Characteristics: 212 pages ; 21 cm

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Pisinga
Sep 28, 2016

Interesting reading. The combination of fiction and reality. The name may scare potential readers, because it suggests that this is another hellish theme. But this is not the case. And the real facts themselves, on which the book is based, are surprising. You can find information about them. The book reminded me the Bell Witch haunting. Sometimes there is a feeling of hackneyed methods in describing the actions of young people. And I didn’t like the ending.

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