Bryant's Gap by Michael E. Burge
on Tour October 12 - November 13, 2015
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Michael E. Burge
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Number of Pages: 306
In 1947 postwar Chicago, mob related violence is commonplace.
Nothing stands in the way of the “Outfit” when it comes to making money; a body here or there, who really cares as long as everyone’s pockets are lined, but when a man is found dead in a small Illinois town—people take notice.
Bargetown’s Chief of Police Bert Thatcher looks to a seasoned and astute railroad detective, Grady Colston, for help in solving the case. Fate has brought them together, but they soon realize just how much they have in common. A tight bond develops between the two men as they strive to uncover the identity of the man found dead on the railroad tracks—his right arm severed.
As the investigation unfolds, surprising details of the man’s past come to light, and the circumstances of his death pose a major dilemma for Grady and Bert.
If you love reading about gangs and old times (like in the 1940's) then this book will thrill you to no end. Everyone knows back in those days the mob was very busy with all things bad.
The body that they find belongs to a man who was only trying to protect his daughter from one of those mob figures. He had some secrets himself but didn't want it to involve his daughter, who he was protecting.
Both the Chief of Police and the Railroad Detective who were trying to piece together why a body was found on the tracks with his arm severed, developed a close friendship while investigating this unusual set of circumstances in this small community.
What they uncover is the real story and it's filled with all kinds of evidence that they have to decide what needs to be told and what doesn't.
It's a very compelling story and the way it's laid out is what makes the book so awesome to read. It's a must read for anyone who enjoys a good mystery!
Read an excerpt:
Bryant’s Gap is an intriguing murder mystery with much stronger character development than you see in many of today’s bestsellers. ~ Kimberly @ Lazy Day Books
Michael E. Burge learned to play the piano in his forties, golf in his fifties, and now, recently retired from a career in marketing, has gone on to publish his first novel—Bryant’s Gap.
Set in 1947, the story is peppered with childhood memories of the locations where he grew up; a small town on the Wabash River and the suburbs of Chicago.