Two broken—and flawed—heroes in Baltimore in the early 1900s team up to solve a murder. The gritty city itself is a perfect backdrop to the tough guy characters and dialogue of the time—twenty-three skidoo! Add corrupt politicians, prostitutes, policemen on the take, drugs, and guns—all set in the burgeoning era of crime scene forensics. -Amazon Review
Baltimore, 1909. Sarah Kennecott is a brilliant young doctor who cares deeply about justice for murder victims. She also has a habit of displeasing powerful men and getting into trouble. After getting fired for looking too closely into the killing of a showgirl, she refuses to back down from the investigation.
Sarah forms a promising partnership with Jack Harden, a street-smart private detective struggling with terrible memories. They have much in common: Both defiant. Both independent. Both regarded as a bit unusual.
Sarah gathers evidence in gilded mansions and fancy ballrooms. Jack follows leads into Baltimore’s seedy underworld, a vitally corrupt realm of saloons, brothels, and burlesque theaters. When Sarah and Jack pull the pieces together, they discover a stunning pair of secrets, each of which is worth killing to keep.
About the Author
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Bill LeFurgy is a professional historian and archivist who has studied the seamy underbelly of urban life. He has put his many years of research experience into writing gritty historical fiction about Baltimore, where he lived for over a decade. It remains his favorite city.
While working at the Library of Congress, Bill headed a national program to preserve digital cultural heritage materials. He also edited and wrote the Library’s blog, “The Signal,” and toured the country to speak with many hundreds of people about preserving their digital memories.
Bill has graduate degrees from the University of Maryland and has worked at the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore City Archives, National Archives and Records Administration, as well as the Library of Congress. He has learned much from his family, including grace, patience, emotional connection, and the need to appreciate different perspectives from those on the autism spectrum and with other personality traits that are undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or unexplained.
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