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Today’s recommended read: Murder at Manassas, by the late Michael Kilian, published in 2000.
Where I acquired it: Columbus Metropolitan Library
From the jacket: “Harrison Grenville Raines was born and raised on a Virginia plantation, but he does not share his family’s sentiments on slavery—or war. Now, making his home in Washington City, Harrison earns his living as a gambler, horse trader, and investor—and avoids the politics that are dividing a nation.”
My overly simplistic take: The adventures of Sherlock Holmes meets Michael Shaara’s Killer Angels.
Why I liked it: The novel overcomes what could have been a heavy handed use of historical accuracy over plot and character and ends up an intriguing mystery that just happens to weave in color from the Civil War era.
Memorable line: “You know that I am neutral in this fight, Belle. I would not raise my arm against Virginia, nor would I to defend slavery.”