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Invisible City: A Novel (Rebekah Roberts Novels #1) (Paperback)
Rebekah Roberts, a stringer for a New York tabloid, goes deep into the Hassidic community to cover the murder of a Brooklyn industrialist’s wife. With the help of a Jewish NYPD detective, she learns of a young wife chafing at the restrictive Hassidic life, a safe house for questioning Jews that is her refuge, and keys to Rebekah’s own troubled past. Ultimately, Rebekah ignores her instincts and heads alone into the victim’s home in search of the real story. Readers of Faye Kellerman and Gillian Flynn will relish this taut story with a shocking albeit satisfying climax. A great airplane read!— From Susan
A finalist for the Edgar and Mary Higgins Clark Awards, in her riveting debut Invisible City, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage.
Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she's also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn.
Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah's shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD's habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can't let the story end there. But getting to the truth won't be easy—even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it's clear that she's not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider.
About the Author
JULIA DAHL is a journalist specializing in crime and criminal justice. She has worked as a reporter for CBS News.com and the New York Post, and her feature articles have appeared in Mental Floss, Salon, the Columbia Journalism Review and many others. She was born in Fresno, California to a Lutheran father and Jewish mother and now lives in Brooklyn. Her Rebekah Roberts Novels include Invisible City and Run You Down.
“Strong, blunt prose...a harrowing tale.” —The New York Times Book Review
“An absolutely crackling, unputdownable mystery told by a narrator with one big, booming voice. I loved it.” —GILLIAN FLYNN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl
“[An] impressive debut…Dahl's convincing dialogue and perfect pacing make for a real page-turner. And her storytelling skills illuminate the intriguing worlds of the tabloid press, Hasidism, the NYPD, and Brooklyn's 20-somethings--as well as the fragile boundaries of family, religion, and life itself.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Fast-paced, suspenseful...[Invisible City] rises above the crime-novel genre in its unusual psychological, spiritual and sociological dimensions, entering a world unfamiliar to most people.” —The Washington Post
“Bringing together the hyenas of tabloid journalism with the secretive, inwardly focused, self-protecting religious Jews, Dahl manages to demonize and humanize both, while delivering a riveting story. I sincerely hope there will be a sequel because after reading the last page, I wanted to know: What happens next?” —The Boston Globe
“Masterly, pitch-perfect.” —Haaretz
“Surprising and uncompromising…This is riveting stuff indeed, and Dahl is a major talent.” —BookPage