Elizabeth Mitchell is the author of the nonfiction books Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing and W.: Revenge of the Bush Dynasty (both from Hyperion). Her bestselling e-singles (from Byliner) are reported historical narratives. Mitchell was executive editor of George magazine and features editor at Spin magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
THE FIRE HORSE
If ever a horse seemed fated to die young, it was Neville Bardos. Unwanted as a racehorse, he appeared a likely candidate for the glue factory. Through luck and hard work, he dodged that bad ending to become a surprise contender for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in equestrian eventing. Then, on May 30, 2011, the barn he shared with ten other horses began to burn. Neville’s lungs were scorched black, and he faced the fight of his life just to survive. Future glory was surely nothing but an empty dream. Or was it?
The Fire Horse is the true story of a friendship between horse and rider so strong that it has carried them through their respective hard times to the brink of legend. Australian Boyd Martin saw a streak of potential no one else had seen in the stubborn and unpredictable horse. He bought him for $850 and named him, fittingly, after a notorious local gangster. And so began a relationship that had its share of ups and downs. Martin was something of a long shot himself, having once pretended to be an expert on breaking horses on the basis of a single book he read on the way to taking a job as a trainer. Over the years, he and Neville developed a hard-won appreciation for each other and appeared to be on the verge of success on the competitive equestrian circuit when the unthinkable happened. Now they’re in London as members of the U.S. Olympic team.
The Fire Horse, by bestselling author Elizabeth Mitchell, is the deeply moving chronicle of a horse and his rider and their determined rise from the ashes.
THE FEARLESS MRS. GOODWIN
How New York's First Female Police Detective Cracked the Crime of the Century
Manhattan, 1912. A time of greed, corruption, scandal and distrust, when the police commissioner had this advice for the citizenry: “Don’t take a criminal investigation into your own hands. Don’t poke about a dead body. Don’t investigate a robbery all on your own.”
Then the most outrageous and brutal bank heist of the young century occurred, and the city combusted in fear and anger. Wall Street brokers were carrying guns. The police looked more ineffectual by the day. Not a single man could break the case.
But perhaps a woman could. Mrs. Isabella Goodwin was a smart and resourceful police matron who had gone about as far as a woman in police work could go. The bank robbery presented a unique career opportunity.
As Elizabeth Mitchell writes in“The Fearless Mrs. Goodwin, a true story so astounding it reads like fiction, only a woman could penetrate New York’s underworld without attracting suspicion. When Goodwin got the call from headquarters, she was ready. With glimmering eyes, the widow with four children to support disappeared into Manhattan’s underbelly. Would she return with her man? Would she make it back at all?
In this Byliner Original, Elizabeth Mitchell has delved into New York City’s hurly-burly past and returned with a classic crime story all the more amazing for having actually happened.
Praise for The Fearless Mrs. Goodwin:
“What a ripsnort! Elizabeth Mitchell’s exploration of New York City in the early 1900s and the remarkable woman detective who took on savvy, brutal criminals is a fascinating piece of history and a riveting story. Old-timey CSI, but much wilder, and no deodorant.”—Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land and The Ask
“Molls, tough guys, an insane bank heist and N.Y.C.’s feistiest chick—the perfect beach read. Loved it!!!”—Simon Doonan, author of Beautiful People
“Elizabeth Mitchell brings to life the story of Isabella Goodwin, New York's first female police detective, with deep reporting and evocative details. This Film Noir tale of early New York is a scintillating read that grips you from the first page and never lets up.”—Darcey Steinke, author of Easter Everywhere and Suicide Blonde
“A fascinating real-life crime story, starring New York City's first female detective, and 1912 New York in all its corrupt and vivid glory.”—Katha Pollitt, author of Learning to Drive