Reach the Shining River
Today’s Free Kindle eBook: Reach the Shining River
Kansas City, 1935
The effects of the Depression are still being felt, gangsters are running the show, and the police are corrupt.
Emmett Whelan, an idealistic county prosecutor who has left behind his Irish roots and married into the country club set, takes on the city’s corrupt political machine when he investigates the brutal murder of a black musician.
Emmett starts poking around and soon finds there has been no investigation into the man’s death.
He starts to wonder why a gentle man like Eddie was murdered, and why?
As Emmett probes the case and meets another outsider, black jazz singer Arlene Gray, he discovers the city’s underbelly of racism and criminality.
Emmett hires a PI to help him. Mickey McDermott lost his job as a cop when he wouldn’t play by the rules.
Soon they see that Eddie’s death is connected to some pretty powerful men in town.
But as Emmett works harder and harder for justice, his marriage starts to disintegrate.
And the more he digs, the more he sees he’s being played.
The closer he gets to the heart of the corruption, the more he sees that it is deeper and closer than he has ever suspected.
When the truth finally unfolds – about the killings, the machine, Emmett’s wife – a surprising and devastating climax reverberates at every level of the city…
Reach the Shining River is an urban crime drama about money, race, and class. Tense and full of memorable characters, it has the smell of a big river, the atmosphere of 1930s America, and a soundtrack that is pure jazz and blues.
Kevin Stevens is the author of two bestselling novels, Song for Katya and The Rizzoli Contract, and of four books for children and young adults. The Cops Are Robbers, his true crime account of New England’s largest bank burglary, was made into an NBC Movie of the Week. Kevin lives in Dublin and Boston and writes about jazz and American politics for The Irish Times and other publications.
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