I picked this one up last year when it was offered as a kindle freebie. I'm glad I did, because it ended up being one of those rare good kindle freebies.
Set in San Francisco during the late 1800's, the book centers around Theodore Atwood, a down-on-his-luck newspaper reporter working to come up with a sensational story in order to try to save the newspaper he works for. Bodies begin being found around the bay in batches, all of whom are missing their internal organs. Atwood begins investigating and is soon set on a course fraught with danger and all sorts of shady characters.
I did find the beginning a bit slow, but once it finally got going I was hooked. I had kind of sussed out just what the alchemist in the attic was up to, but even then, I didn't have it right on, and still ended up being surprised.
The book ended at 94%, and the rest was a two chapter preview of the first in a series he's writing. I liked it well enough to download the free prequel novella.