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Strongwood

A Crime Dossier

2014
Author:

Larry Millett

Strongwood

The seventh in Larry Millett’s thrilling mystery series pursues the tangled truth behind the killing of the spoiled young heir to an industrial fortune

It is 1903 in Minneapolis and amid allegations of seduction, rape, and blackmail, Michael Masterson is shot dead and Addie Strongwood goes on trial for first-degree murder. As the case unfolds in a welter of conflicting evidence and surprise discoveries, a jury must decide whether Addie acted in self-defense or killed her one-time lover with the coldest of calculation.

Absorbing.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

The place is Minneapolis, the year is 1903, and Michael Masterson has fallen in love, or so he claims, with Addie Strongwood, a beautiful working-class girl with an interesting past and a mind of her own. But their promising relationship quickly begins to disintegrate before reaching a violent conclusion. Amid allegations of seduction, rape, and blackmail, Michael is shot dead and Addie goes on trial for first-degree murder. As the case unfolds in a welter of conflicting evidence and surprise discoveries, a jury must decide whether Addie acted in self-defense or killed her one-time lover with the coldest of calculation.

Reconstructing the case through trial testimony, newspaper stories, the journal of Addie’s flamboyant defense attorney, and her own first-person account as serialized in the Minneapolis Tribune, Larry Millett builds a suspenseful tale of love, money, betrayal, and death. Sherlock Holmes and Shadwell Rafferty, long known to readers from Millett’s previous mysteries, play crucial roles in the unraveling of the case, which also offers a glimpse into the sharply divided worlds of the rich and the poor at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Strongwood

Larry Millett is the author of six mystery novels—all but one set in Minnesota—that feature Sherlock Holmes and St. Paul detective Shadwell Rafferty, most recently The Magic Bullet, also published by the University of Minnesota Press. His nonfiction works include Lost Twin Cities and Once There Were Castles (Minnesota, 2011).

Strongwood

Absorbing.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

It’s a complicated and interesting story, nicely told with excerpts from newspapers, trial transcripts, diaries, and letters.

Scuttlebutt

It is with an architect’s eye that Millett has crafted his seventh Sherlock Holmes mystery, Strongwood.

Star Tribune

Strongwood is recommended for anyone who enjoys a good trial. This one is a humdinger!

Historical Novel Society