This is a quick read that provides a wonderful look at New York in 1904. The story fleshes out the biggest disaster in New York prior to 9/11. Readers will come to understand German and European Jewish immigrants and many of the safety issues that have led to present-day rules and regulations.
The story is told from the point of view of a ghost. Mallory Meer died in the General Slocum steamship disaster. Through her narration the events and characters involved are gradually revealed. Readers will find this a compelling mystery and vivid description of daily life in early industrialized America. It is a quick read that can easily supplement units on the time period. Students who enjoy CSI and other crime/forensic shows may particularly enjoy the plot.