King of the Cracksmen

King of the Cracksmen

A Steampunk Entertainment

Book - 2015
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The year is 1877, automations 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. The United States is being run as a police state by former secretary of war Edward 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 guerrilla war against Stanton's tyranny, McCool's been biding his time, trying to keep the heart of 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 lead all the way up to the top of Stanton's criminal organization.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Night Shade Books, c2015.
ISBN: 9781597805513
Branch Call Number: FIC OFLAHER
Characteristics: 326 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Apr 17, 2016

Sometimes, the luck of the Irish runs out. When Liam McCool, dubbed "King of the Cracksmen" by his fellow safecrackers, is caught and arrested, he's given a choice: go to prison for a very long time or become an informant for the government. Partnering with muckracking journalist Becky Fox, Liam discovers a conspiracy involving former U.S. Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, who now runs the powerful Department of Public Safety, enforcing harsh laws with an army of automatons. Set in an alternate Reconstruction-era United States, one in which Lincoln was never assassinated and Russia controls most of the territory west of the Mississippi River, this novel may appeal to Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century series.


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