Stefanie Pintoff

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Stefanie Pintoff is an American author of historical mystery novels.


Stefanie Pintoff’s books take place in New York City in the early 1900s. Her character Simon Ziele is a police detective who lost his fiancée in a steamship accident, and Alistair Sinclair is a talented and egotistical criminologist. Her work is known for intricate plots and historical details, with a focus on early criminal science.[1]

Her book In the Shadow of Gotham won the Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America Award for "Best First Crime Novel",[2] the 2010 Edgar Award for Best First Novel[3] and a 2011 Washington Irving Book Award.

The 1904 General Slocum disaster played a prominent role in two of her novels: In the Shadow of Gotham and Secret of the White Rose.


  • In the Shadow of Gotham, Minotaur Books, 2009[4]
  • A Curtain Falls, Minotaur Books, 2010[5]
  • Secret of the White Rose, Minotaur Books, 2011[6][7]
  • Hostage Taker, Ballantine Books, 2015[8]


  1. ^ "A Visitor to the World of the Past: PW Talks with Stephanie Pintoff". Publishers Weekly. 2011-03-14. 
  2. ^ ""Interview: Stefanie Pintoff's Writing Future Takes Root In The Past", Spinetingler Magazine, 06/15/2010". 
  3. ^ "Edgar Awards Database". 
  4. ^ ""In the Shadow of Gotham", Publishers Weekly, 03/09/2009". 
  5. ^ ""A Curtain Falls", Publishers Weekly, 03/15/2010". 
  6. ^ ""Secret of the White Rose", The New York Times, 05/22/2011". 
  7. ^ ""Secret of the White Rose", Publishers Weekly, 03/07/2011". 
  8. ^ "Hostage Taker". Retrieved 24 January 2016. 

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