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For You Were Strangers
On a spring morning in 1872, former Civil War officer Ben Champion is discovered deada bayonet protruding from his back. A routine case for Chicago detective Frank Hanley soon becomes anything but, as his investigation into Champion's life turns up hidden truths. Meanwhile, Rivka Kelmansky's long-lost brother arrives on her doorstep, along with his mulatto wife and son. Fu ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by Allium Press
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From the cover: On a spring morning in 1872, former Civil War officer Ben Champion is discovered dead with a bayonet protruding from his back. A routine case for Chicago detective Frank Hanley soon becomes anything but, as his investigation into Champion's life turns up hidden truths. Meanwhile, Rivka Kelmansky's long-lost brother arrives on her doorstep, along with his mulatto wife and son. Fugitives from an attack by night riders, they know too much about past actions that still threaten power ...more
This is a wonderfully-written historical mystery set just after the great Chicago fire. I loved the details of what the city was like following that catastrophe, especially as not much has been written about that tumultuous period. Pirrone writes vivid descriptions that convey the scene without slowing the reader down. The mystery was well thought-out and plotted, keeping me guessing as I went along. But my favorite aspect of the book, of course, was the wonderful dynamic between Irish Catholic ...more
Better than the first, she captured a time where Chicago was rebounding from the fire of 1871, Civil war( who would have thought Camp Douglas was a confederate prison camp in the north and so far west) and a melting pot of cultural and racial diversity.
This is written by a fellow author from Allium Press of Chicago. In the second book of this series, Rivka, a young woman from an orthodox Jewish background and Hanley, a young police detective of Irish background engage against the backdrop of Chicago soon after the fire of 1871. They met in the first book when Rivka’s father was killed. This book, like the first one, starts with a flashback to a violent episode in the past. This time it is a snapshot of Yankee soldiers fighting Confederate bush ...more
I am so happy to've discovered this book...well written historical fiction, my favorite genre, set in the city of my heart, Chicago. It's like reading Rina Lazurus/Peter Decker set back 100+ years....I'm wondering if the author read those? I can't wait to now read her previous book while I wait for her to write another one! ...more
D. M. Pirrone is the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman. She lives near Chicago with her husband and sons. Her debut novel, No Less in Blood, was published by Five Star in 2011. She is also the author of the Hanley & Rivka Mysteries, Shall We Not Revenge (2014) and For You Were Strangers (2015).
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