Friday, September 05, 2008
Friday's "Forgotten" Books - Silver Lies
In Silver Lies, and the sequel, Iron Ties, Ann Parker takes readers back to a time period and location most of us are unfamiliar with. It's a shame more of us don't know about her historic mysteries, set in Leadville, Colorado in the 1870s.
Silver Lies introduces Inez Stannert, a saloon keeper whose husband has disappeared, and her business partner, Abe Jackson, who was a "Negro soldier in the Union Army." Inez' husband has disappeared, and she's running a successful saloon until a family friend ends up dead in the alley behind the Silver Queen. Parker uses the history of Leadville, a town that flourished during the silver strikes of the late 1870s, to tell her story.
The sequel, Iron Ties, is even more fascinating. The railroad is coming to Leadville, and it stirs up feelings that have been tapped down since the Civil War ended. Now, there are land grabs, shootings, and worries about the arrival of President Ulysses S. Grant. Once again, Inez is involved when the town erupts into lawlessness.
We may have read about Reconstruction in the South following the Civil War. How many readers know about the history of Colorado, and the West after the war? Ann Parker creates mysteries that are intriguing, entertaining, and educational at the same time. Don't forget Parker's Silver Lies, and the sequel, Iron Ties.
Ann Parker's website is www.annparker.net
Silver Lies by Ann Parker. Poisoned Pen Press, ©2003. ISBN 9781590580721 (hardcover), 420p.
Iron Ties by Ann Parker. Poisoned Pen Press, ©2006. ISBN 9781590582626 (hardcover), 369p.
And, for other Friday "Forgotten" Books, check out Patti Abbott's website at www.pattinase.blogspot.com, where she summarizes all the suggestions for Friday.