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Honor Above All
Pinkerton agent Garrett Lyons arrives in Chicago in 1882, close on the trail of the person who murdered his partner. He encounters a vibrant city that is striving ever upwards, full of plans to construct new buildings that will "scrape the sky." In his quest for the truth Garrett stumbles across a complex plot involving counterfeit government bonds, fierce architectural ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Allium Press
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It's really difficult to write a review of a book when you know the author, let alone ascribe a star rating to it (3.5). The task is made more difficult when the novel is set in a time period you don't like and is in a genre you don't really read. That said, Honor Above All is both a period mystery and a sort of ode to Chicago's architectural history. Every chapter starts with a brief description of a building or construction detail, which serves to firmly anchor Bard-Collins' tale in 19th ...more
I can only recommend this book to someone interested in the architectural history of Chicago. Otherwise, the mystery intertwined with characters who played a major part in the early designs of the city would seem choppy and uninteresting. I am familiar with the landmarks, streets, characters, companies and architects - so I made it to the end.