A Grave at Glorieta
Michael Kilian’s U.S. Civil War secret agent, Harrison Raines, journeys to New Mexico to combat Confederate agents in his fourth adventure. The Virginia-born Raines is a staunch pro-Union man who abhors slavery. While others fight for their beliefs in a more conventional manner, Raines uses his intelligence and role-playing talents to serve as an agent for President Lincoln and Alan Pinkerton. Despatched to New Mexico to report on Confederate activities, Raines finds his local liaison murdered. Being Harrison Raines, he naturally is the chief suspect! He becomes caught up in the several layers of interplay between pro-Confederate and pro-Union groups and finds himself an unwilling participant in the important, but now largely forgotten, Battle of Glorieta Pass (March, 1862).
Kilian’s secret agent is hardly in the same class as 007. He is prone to mistakes and is very much a captive of his emotions. He does possess a clear view of the importance of his work to the Union war effort and is in no way a cartoon-like superhero. Michael Kilian is a master at depicting Civil War America and, while some of his fans may be put off by the Western setting, this latest account of Raines’s service is as enjoyable as those that have gone before.