Night Shade Books
On Sale: January 27, 2015
Featuring: Liam McCool
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How far will the luck of the Irish stretch?
The year is 1877. Automatons and steam-powered dirigible
gunships have transformed the United States in the aftermath
of the Civil War. All of the country’s land west of the
Mississippi was sold to Russia nearly fifty years earlier,
and “Little Russia,” as it’s now called, is ruled by the son
of Tsar Alexander II. Lincoln is still president, having
never been assassinated, but he’s not been seen for six
months, and rumors are flying about his disappearance. The
country is being run as a police state by his former
secretary of war Edwin Stanton, a power-hungry criminal who
rules with an iron fist.
Liam McCool is an outlaw, known among other crooks as “King
of the Cracksmen.” But his glory days as a safecracker and
the head of a powerful New York gang end when he’s caught
red-handed. Threatened with prison unless he informs on his
own brethren fighting a guerilla war against Stanton’s
tyranny, McCool’s been biding his time, trying to keeping
the heat off him long enough to escape to San Francisco with
his sweetheart Maggie. But when she turns up murdered,
McCool discovers a trail of breadcrumbs that look to lead
all the way up to the top of Stanton’s criminal
organization. Joining forces with world-famed lady reporter
Becky Fox, he plunges deep into the underground war, racing
to find Maggie’s killer and stop Stanton once and for all.
King of the Cracksmen is an explosive, action-packed look at
a Victorian empire that never was, part To Catch a Thief,
part Little Big Man, steampunk as you’ve never seen it before.
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