Bold Sons of Erin
When a Union general on a recruitment tour is viciously murdered after passing through Hecksherville, Pennsylvania, in October 1862, Major Abel Jones is sent by President Lincoln to investigate. Daniel Boland, an Irish miner, had confessed to the murder before suddenly dying of cholera. Jones doubts the story for a number of reasons, so he begins his investigation by disinterring Boland. This latest installment in the acclaimed series features an array of colorful, oddball characters along with the Union army’s most tenacious sleuth. Again, the international implications and political backstory leading up to the incident feature prominently. Jones’s narrative of events is full of the biases one would expect from a man of the 19th century, though today they would be labeled offensive on any number of levels. Also, a certain speech pattern makes it seem like he is channeling Edward G. Robinson. However, he is an intriguing and well-written protagonist, and I will continue to follow his exploits.