By Larry Millett
The position is Minneapolis, the 12 months is 1903, and Michael Masterson has fallen in love, or so he claims, with Addie Strongwood, a stunning working-class lady with an enticing prior and a brain of her personal. yet their promising courting fast starts off to collapse ahead of attaining a violent end. Amid allegations of seduction, rape, and blackmail, Michael is shot useless and Addie is going on trial for first-degree homicide. because the case unfolds in a welter of conflicting facts and shock discoveries, a jury needs to come to a decision even if Addie acted in self-defense or killed her one-time lover with the coldest of calculation.
Reconstructing the case via trial testimony, newspaper tales, the magazine of Addie’s flamboyant safety legal professional, and her personal first-person account as serialized within the Minneapolis Tribune, Larry Millett builds a suspenseful story of affection, cash, betrayal, and dying. Sherlock Holmes and Shadwell Rafferty, lengthy recognized to readers from Millett’s past mysteries, play an important roles within the unraveling of the case, which additionally deals a glimpse into the sharply divided worlds of the wealthy and the negative on the sunrise of the 20th century.