The Gold of Cape Girardeau

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A treasure trove of gold is found buried next to a skeleton with a bullet hole in its skull. Young lawyer Allison Culbertson faces the toughest courtroom battle of her career to prove the gold belongs to her client. The secrets of the gold are revealed in an unforgettable story that transports the reader from a modern courtroom to the glory days of steamboating on the Mississippi, from young love on the river to the perils of the Civil War. A Missouri border town of divided loyalties is "captured" by Union ...

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Overview

A treasure trove of gold is found buried next to a skeleton with a bullet hole in its skull. Young lawyer Allison Culbertson faces the toughest courtroom battle of her career to prove the gold belongs to her client. The secrets of the gold are revealed in an unforgettable story that transports the reader from a modern courtroom to the glory days of steamboating on the Mississippi, from young love on the river to the perils of the Civil War. A Missouri border town of divided loyalties is "captured" by Union soldiers, its occupants facing martial law, loyalty oaths, hangings, and brutality, with cannon from the town's forts ready to obliterate Cape Girardeau itself should Confederates attack.

 Swingle's riveting tale brings the past to life-combining mystery, love, greed, and courtroom drama into a suspenseful blend of history and fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The origins and secrets of long-lost buried treasure emerge through the tumultuous adventures of two young lovers before and during the Civil War."
Lora England
"The Gold of Cape Girardeau is thoroughly satisfying. Although perfect for those interested in Missouri history, it will interest those looking for a mystery or simply a touching love story."
Columbia Daily Tribune
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972430401
  • Publisher: Southeast Missouri State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2002
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 792,928

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Impact of Civil War on everyday life

    This well researched historial novel was written by the current Prosecuting Attorney of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri and is centered around his home turf. It is a modern-day courtroom drama combined with a retrospective story about steam boating on the Mississippi River in the mid-1880's and accounts of nearby Civil War battles. The author provides interesting insights into the impact of the Civil War on everyday life in a region that had heavily divided allegiances. While the book won the 2005 Missouri Governor's Book Award, it has received little national notice. For me, it was a very enjoyable literary find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2003

    Morley Swingle has crafted a perfect story

    I really enjoyed this book! The Gold of Cape Girardeau is an exhilarating tale of life on the Mississippi during the 1850's and the civil war. The historical side of the story is part river adventure, part war story and part love story, with characters both real and varied. Swingle's villains and his heroes possess that full measure of chilling menace and lion-hearted likeableness that kept me either cheering or booing throughout the whole book. A fun twist is that Swingle adds a feel of time-travel without resorting to science fiction. He gives the reader a present-day courtroom drama that joins the older story--not in time--but in the basement of an old house in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Morley Swingle has crafted a perfect story, with great attention lavished on both his characters and his steamboat & civil war history. While the modern courtroom scenes are the smaller part of this book, courtroom buffs will relish Swingle's realism on that battlefield as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2002

    Highly Entertaining - A MUST Read

    Morley Swingle has written a very entertaining novel filled with historical detail of the glory days of steamboating on the Mississippi River and the Civil War in and around Southeast Missouri. The characters are very engaging and he keeps the plot moving so that the history lesson is highly enjoyable. A courtroom drama about the ownership of a chest of gold generates the desire to know the story and the historic detail does not detract from the entertaining story. I highly recommend this book. Buy it and read it, then buy it again and give it to a good friend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    Civil War era novel is a non stop thriller

    Usually historical novels get bogged down in dry, endless details. But Morley Swingle has managed to keep the reader on the edge of his seat from beginning to end! This is one of those books you can't put down, and when it it does come to an end you'll be wishing for a sequel! Many writers do a poor job of characterizations, but Swingle invents intriguing personalities you will never forget. Set against the background of the civil war era, Swingle paints a mystery concerning a chest of gold and the court room drama to determine who it rightfully belongs to. The author painstakening researched this tragic time in our history, and weaves a story of romance, hatred and sorrow in the same adventuresome spirit as Hemmingway. I highly recommend this non stop thriller!

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