Hi Eliza ... One of the smartest women I ever knew said she could never fall in love with any man who couldn't beat her in an argument. Sadly, I was already taken (!) ... so she had to marry a famous Oxford and Harvard history professor ... I was reminded of her when I read the words, 'If you prove me wrong, I'll worship you.' ... Could you pass that message on to my teenage daughters, please? That's not at all the basis on which they operate with me!
You're right, Jack -- I found this series in the Detroit Publishing archive at the Library of Congress. I don't know who she is or who took the photo. But she's very striking to me, and the catalogue says the photo was taken in 1900. Since the photos are in the public domain, I snatched them because they seem to reflect a lot of the attitude of my novel.
I loved The Alienist the most, even though the ending seemed a bit weak to me. I really enjoyed what he did with Watson in The Italian Secretary, and I love his prose (he writes 19th century better than the 19th century writers), but I didn't find it true to Conan Doyle. I really enjoyed it just the same. But I'll take old New York any day!