About the 1930’s in New York City, author L.A. Chandler writes “…people everywhere began to feel the compelling hope that perhaps they weren’t the lost generation after all. Perhaps they were the generation that created beauty out of turmoil. They didn’t just survive. They lived.” The Silver Gun, the first in the Art Deco mystery series, shows that hope, that will to survive, and that life.
In The Silver Gun, Lane is a twenty-three year old who is the personal aide to newly appointed Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. She is haunted by dreams of the real life event of the death of her parents when she was ten years old and a silver gun. The plot centers on New York gangsters, undercover cops, murders and plans of gangsters to take back the city from La Guardia who is working to end the influence of Tammany Hall.
I loved the setting of New York City in the 1930’s. Chandler does a great job in describing restaurants, clubs, art, and the whole vibe of the city during that time. I also loved the descriptions of the way the city looked during that time period. While I knew a little bit about Tammany Hall and the political influence I did not know anything about Mayor La Guardia and found him and his work to clean up the city fascinating.
The Silver Gun felt like a nice easy mystery. Not nice and easy in the mystery itself, which had many parts to it and had some great surprises, but in the way the mystery was presented. The feel of the book, the language, gave it the nice, easy feel. It was not graphic in anyway and I thought the narrator had an easy going voice.
The Silver Gun is a great choice if you are looking for a mystery that isn’t overly intense but still provides surprises.