- File Size: 2448 KB
- Print Length: 403 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Trampoose Press (May 31, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KQDSBMA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author Erik Rivenes does a wonderful job of bringing 1901 in Minneapolis to life. The depth of the characters and their variety of flaws makes the story believable. It isn't long before you are both rooting for, and rolling your eyes at Harm Queen.
It should be noted that the novel wrestles with prostitution, and the sex trade of children. Scenes are only graphic enough to get their point across and I feel that the depiction of the characters stuck in this terrible situation is fair and respectful. It is a difficult topic to cover. While parts of the story are uncomfortable to read, it is a topic that needs to be discussed and Rivenes does a great job of painting the picture without being overtly graphic.
The only thing that I would have liked to be different was for there to be some sort of break or identifier between narration and Harm Queen's internal dialogue. There are points where the narration fails to transition well with what Harm is saying to himself and this could have been made a bit clearer with the use of italics, quotations, or a paragraph break.
I enjoyed Rivenes's historical detail, and the wide cast of characters. I read lots of Victorian-era fiction, and lots of 1920's/1930's fiction, but it was nice to read something turn-of-the-century. You can see signs in the growing corruption, and political environment in this book that the climate is growing ripe for organized crime and gangs. The character of Sheriff Anderson is the personification of the old era, and his foray back into a Minneapolis that has transformed in his absence presents a clear picture of coming change, and the adaptation necessary to survive it.
I have to say though, I was not altogether satisfied with the wrap-up of some parts of this story… This book really doesn't indicate that it is intended as part of a series until the author's closing remarks after the story. I kind of wish I'd known that from the start…) Even so, I can see room for continuation of some aspects of the story, but without spoiling anything, other aspects reached clear conclusions that that I felt were kind of abrupt, and wish I'd been able to see more development in those areas.
Nevertheless, it is an excellent piece of historical fiction, and a gripping, tangled web of intrigue. I was really excited to learn that Rivenes's specialty is actually 1920's and 30's, and would definitely pursue the rest of the series as the timeline moves in that direction.
Well written and thrilling from beginning to end.
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The Big Mitt captures the seamy underbelly of early 1900s Minneapolis and beyond in 400ish riveting pages.Read more