A Southern gambler hunts a killer in the thick of the first great battle of the Civil War.
©2000 Michael Kilian; This 2015 edition published by MysteriousP ress.com/Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
It's July 1861, and both the Union and Confederate armies expect to win the war within 24 hours. For Harrison Raines, a Southern dandy ensconced in DC society, it's time to choose a side. Though Raines loves Virginia, he hates slavery with a passion. And joining either army would mean leaving Washington and deserting the beautiful Caitlin Howard, a British actress whose heart, sadly, lies with the eccentric thespian John Wilkes Booth. For Caitlin's sake, Raines attempts to remain neutral in a time when neutrality means death.
On the morning of the battle, Raines escorts Caitlin to watch the carnage firsthand. When the First Battle of Bull Run turns into a rout, he sees one major fighting to rally his troops - a major who is later found dead far behind Union lines, branded a deserter. To clear the dead man's reputation, Raines must solve a murder as bullets continue to fly.
Murder at Manassas is the first book in the Harrison Raines Civil War Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series in any order.