Ithaca, NY, 1846. As a weakling in a frontier-toughened town, young Albert Jarvis is relentlessly denied his only desire—a hint of love from his stone-hearted Pa. Then a captivating stranger, accused of heinous crimes, gets shackled in his father's jail and promises Albert a spellbinding future of achievement and acceptance.

When a shocking betrayal forces Albert to make an impossible choice, he lands on the unforgiving streets of Manhattan on the edge of survival. With only his unreliable mentor as a guide, he struggles with grueling poverty, glittering ill-gotten wealth, and cruel deception—until his teacher crosses an unthinkable line.

Now caught in a dangerous test of loyalty and treachery, Albert must prove himself worth his salt, or lose something far worse than his life in the gripping psychological thriller.

Inspired by the true story that rocked the 19th-century world, this unputdownable novel is a must-read for fans of The Alienist, Oliver Twist, and Devil in the White City. The Prisoner’s Apprentice won the 2022 IRDA Historical Fiction Award, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Historical Fiction Award, and was awarded an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion.

Readers Say

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I couldn't put it down!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Grabbed me on page one"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "I finished it in 24 hours!"

Judges Say

WINNER - 2022 IRDA Historical Fiction Award

FINALIST - 2022 Eric Hoffer Historical Fiction Award

AWARDED - Indie BRAG medallion

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "From truth comes fiction that you do not want to miss!"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Part Night of the Hunter and part Silence of the Lambs"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Searing in heartfelt intensity"