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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. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by Allium Press
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Roxann
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Michelle Cox
Jul 03, 2017 marked it as to-read
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
Frances McNamara
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 Rivkas 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 ...more
Barbara
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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!
Lindsay
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
PRetty good detective story set in post Civil War Chicago.
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