Carefully and thoroughly researched, and told in Geary’s gleeful tongue-in-cheek style with all the lurid details, Mary Rogers was a compelling and beautiful woman employed in a cigar store in New York City. She suddenly disappeared and her body was recovered in the Hudson off the Jersey side. The press had a field day with all the possible shocking possibilities. But the case was never solved. Geary recreates a fascinating picture of the nascent still somewhat anarchical soon-to-be metropolis of New York.