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Into the Suffering City: A Novel of Baltimore (Sarah Kennecott and Jack Harden Mysteries Book 1) by [Bill LeFurgy]

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"A thrillingly suspenseful, superbly written historical murder mystery which dives deep into the seamy underbelly of Baltimore." --Indie Review
"Seamlessly weaves culture, history, and mystery into this novel's surprising twists and complex characters. Clear prose, intricate plotting, and likable leading characters combine to form an engrossing mystery."
--Blueink Review (Starred Review)
"Balancing complex character quirks, mysterious emotional baggage,  surprising  buried  secrets,  and riveting action sequences, Into the Suffering City is a knockout historical thriller."
--SP Review
"A multilayered, entertaining mystery that introduces a promising pair of detectives. The author maintains suspense throughout ... [with] seamless integration of vivid details of daily life in 1909, unflinching portrayal of the sexism and racism of the time, and evocation of the era's sounds, smells, and tastes."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of the murder mystery genre will recognize all the elements of a great whodunit - and still won't be able to predict all of the novel's twists and turns. The story is enhanced by the original and authentic leads."
--The Booklife Prize

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This book is inspired by two major elements of my life. First was my work as a historian, including serving as the Baltimore City Archivist early in my career. I ran across lots of eye-popping stories and kept telling myself "someone needs to write a novel about this stuff." So I did!
The second event was the birth of my first child, who is autistic. His experience in the world is unique, and I thought it would be fascinating to apply a perspective like that to a fictional character. We hear quite a bit these days about autism but it isn't dealt with all that much in fiction. My character, Sarah Kennecott, also struggles for acceptance as a medical doctor at a time when professional women faced many barriers, not the least of which was opposition from professional men. 
Much as I liked showing Sarah using her brains and boldness to cope with her situation, I also very much enjoyed having my other protagonist, Jack Harden, travel within the city's seedy underbelly of barrooms, carberets, and brothels. No respectable lady would go near any of these places in 1909, and Jack takes the reader to whole different world.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B083D5DG93
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ High Kicker Books (April 15, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 15, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4615 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 328 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 393 ratings

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Bill LeFurgy is a professional historian and archivist who has studied the gilded glamor and seamy underbelly of urban life. He has put his years of research experience into writing gritty historical fiction about Baltimore, where he lived for over a decade. It remains his favorite city.

While working at the Library of Congress, Bill headed a national program to preserve digital cultural heritage materials. In addition, he toured the world to speak to hundreds of libraries, archives, and museums about digital cultural heritage.

Before the Library, Bill served as Manager of the Modern Records Program at the National Archives and Records Administration and as Baltimore City Archivist. He also worked as Manuscript Archivist at the Maryland Historical Society.

Bill has a Batchelor of Arts degree from McGill University and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland. In addition to his Sarah Kennecott and Jack Harden Historical Mysteries Series, he has published many nonfiction books and articles about Baltimore history and other topics.

He has learned much from his family, including grace, patience, emotional connection, and the need to appreciate different perspectives from those on the autism spectrum and with other personality traits that are undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or unexplained.

Thank you for visiting my page! Please Follow my profile for important updates. And thank you so much for your reviews!

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