by John Richard Lindermuth
Category: Fiction / Historical
197 pages; ISBN: 0-595-2992906
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Shirley A. Roe
Captain Isaac Schlussel ruthless and nasty, manufactures gunpowder in early 19th Century Pennsylvania. While belittling a debtor, he is ironically felled by a bullet from an assassin’s gun. Isaac spends his final moments bedridden and tormented as he ponders his life and all that it has encompassed. Wealthy and powerful beyond his dreams, with a young desirable wife and countless enemies, he wonders what his life really represents.
Surrounding Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal is a mining town of unsavory characters, any one of which may be the assassin. Schlussel’s Woman is the story of the Captain and his past alliances, some good and most not, with numerous possible suspects. Who shot him? This is the question poised by author John Lindermuth as we are introduced to Nan, the Captain’s beautiful wife, Aaron Inch the trusted servant who smiles when he learns of the Captain’s demise and Titus Kuhns, artist and lover of the lovely Mrs. Schlussel. Page after page the reader encounters a number of possibilities as they meet the vengeful, unforgiving and sometimes cruel characters in this enticing plot.
In depth research of the era, bring the past to life for the reader. The author’s own association with the area as well as his love of history provide vivid descriptions and believable characters as he takes the reader in search of the culprit. The use of the dialogue of the day throughout, helps create the atmosphere. Well researched and cleverly written, this book is highly recommended.
Reviewer: Shirley Roe,Allbooks Reviews.