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Black Maria
     

Black Maria

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by Mark Graham
 
Captured at Gettysburg, imprisoned in Andersonville, Wilton McCleary lost his innocence in the Civil War. But on the streets of Philadelphia he's found a home—-as a grizzled city detective facing squalor and pathos every day on the beat. Now the whole world is celebrating a glorious future at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. But on the fringes of

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Captured at Gettysburg, imprisoned in Andersonville, Wilton McCleary lost his innocence in the Civil War. But on the streets of Philadelphia he's found a home—-as a grizzled city detective facing squalor and pathos every day on the beat. Now the whole world is celebrating a glorious future at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. But on the fringes of this massive exposition, McCleary wades into a drowning pool of murder, depravity, and deception that can only end with a dark ride on...THE BLACK MARIA.

While countries from around the world display their gleaming new inventions in the Centennial, nearby is a labyrinth of festering streets called Shantyville, with its opium dens, criminals, and freak shows. Here, Wilton McCleary comes across the butchered body of a girl. As McCleary grapples with a killing his own police superiors want to ignore, he realizes that he had come face to face with the girl's killer, and that the young man is linked to the family of a powerful industrialist, his callow son, and his beautiful, high-strung daughter. Suddenly a murder investigation takes McCleary into a family's private madness and a web of blackmail and revenge that will force him to solve a series of unspeakable crimes—-or commit one of his own. Captured at Gettysburg, imprisoned in Andersonville, Wilton McCleary lost his innocence in the Civil War. But on the streets of Philadelphia he's found a home—-as a grizzled city detective facing squalor and pathos every day on the beat. Now the whole world is celebrating a glorious future at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. But on the fringes of this massive exposition, McCleary wades into a drowningpool of murder, depravity, and deception that can only end with a dark ride on...THE BLACK MARIA.

While countries from around the world display their gleaming new inventions in the Centennial, nearby is a labyrinth of festering streets called Shantyville, with its opium dens, criminals, and freak shows. Here, Wilton McCleary comes across the butchered body of a girl. As McCleary grapples with a killing his own police superiors want to ignore, he realizes that he had come face to face with the girl's killer, and that the young man is linked to the family of a powerful industrialist, his callow son, and his beautiful, high-strung daughter. Suddenly a murder investigation takes McCleary into a family's private madness and a web of blackmail and revenge that will force him to solve a series of unspeakable crimes—-or commit one of his own.

Author Biography:

MARK GRAHAM is the great-great-great-grandson of a 19th century Philadelphia policeman. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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B&N.com Editor
Author Mark Graham masterfully evokes 19th-century Philadelphia with The Black Maria, his Edgar-nominated latest to feature Philly copper Wilton McCleary. While scouring the seedy section of town known as Shantyville at the height of the World's Fair Centennial Exhibition, McCleary, who's been lambasted in the press for his apparent botch of a well-documented kidnapping case, discovers the horribly mutilated body of a young girl; a strange-looking needle protrudes from her sickeningly damaged neck. McCleary is soon unofficially on the case, which his Cap, among others, is desperately trying to bury. Brilliantly envisioned and affecting, The Black Maria is a must for fans of dark, gritty, multilayered historicals. (Andrew LeCount)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380800681
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Series:
Mysteries of Old Philadelphia Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.21(w) x 6.96(h) x 1.08(d)

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Black Maria 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The third installment in Mark Graham¿s Wilton McCleary series, THE BLACK MARIA, is a must-read for fans of the previous McCleary mysteries (THE KILLING BREED and THE RESURRECTIONIST), and quite possibly the best introduction to Mr. Graham¿s work for those who have not yet entered the lamplight noir world of late 19th Century Philadelphia that McCleary inhabits. Picking up where THE KILLING BREED left off (the events in Mr. Graham¿s second novel, THE RESURRECTIONIST, take place earlier in McCleary¿s career), THE BLACK MARIA follows McCleary as he exposes the seedy underbelly of the Centennial Expostion in a gripping search to find a savage murderer. As every twist and curve in the investigation leads deeper into the dark past of a rich industrialist family from Mauch Chunk, PA, McCleary learns that the cost of sanity and redemption rise as the value of life falls. As in Mr. Graham¿s previous work, page-turning suspense drives THE BLACK MARIA, while carefully-researched details of late 19th Century Philadelphia life and times draw readers into McCleary¿s world. However, Mr. Graham¿s attention to period detail has never been better nor more fully-realized than in his newest work. Readers will find themselves so caught-up in the sights, sounds, smells and excitement of the Centennial Exposition, they¿ll have a hard time believing they didn¿t just travel back in time when they finally turn the last page of THE BLACK MARIA. -- S.D. Peters, Alexandria, VA