The Gold of Cape Girardeau

The Gold of Cape Girardeau

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by Morley Swingle
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Civil War Book Review
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972430401
Publisher:
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2002
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
1,190,599
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

What People are saying about this

Bill Bradley
"I recommend this memorable historical novel to anyone interested in the Civil War, steamboating on the Mississippi, a good love story, or simply an exciting and entertaining read. Once you start it, be prepared to stay up late. I can't wait for Swingle's next novel."
author, Time Present, Time Past
Wendy Zollo
"Fast-paced, gripping historical fiction, with a host of well-developed characters. Swingle unquestionably has a gift for both storytelling and research. An electrifying plot and wonderful romance flow into a tragic telling of one man's insight into the Civil War. This novel is very highly recommended."
Historical Novels Review
Elmore Leonard
"Move over Michener, here's Morley Swingle with high adventure on the Mississippi. It's the most amazing historical novel I've ever read, opening and closing with absorbing courtroom drama."
author, Out of Sight

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The Gold of Cape Girardeau 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
kirkwood59 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!