The Empire of Shadows

Written by Richard E. Crabbe
Review by Jetta Culpepper

It is August, 1889. In his second historical novel after Suspension, Crabbe revisits the lives of Police Captain Tom Braddock and his son, Mike. When Braddock decides to take his family on an upstate New York vacation, the holiday is not what he had planned. Jim Tupper, a Mohawk of the Iroquois nation, runs away from New York City after he kills a man in self-defense, and heads for the Adirondack Mountains. Tupper’s and Braddock’s trails intersect as Braddock’s family is ripped apart when Lettie, his son’s lover, is murdered and Mike is suspected of the crime. But Braddock is not convinced, and in his private pursuit to clear his son of the crime, he begins to follow Tupper’s tracks and clues.

Crabbe incorporates impeccable research about the times into the generously descriptive narrative and rich plot. Careful wording moves step-by-step through a highly entertaining story worth reading more than once.