Dark Knowledge

Dark Knowledge


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New York City, late 1860s. When young Chris Harmony learns that members of his family may have been involved in the illegal pre-Civil War slave trade, taking slaves from Africa to Cuba, he is appalled. Determined to learn the truth, he begins an investigation that takes him into a dingy waterfront saloon, musty old maritime records that yield startling secrets, and elegant brownstone parlors that may have been furnished by the trade. Since those once involved dread exposure, he meets denials and evasions, then threats, and a key witness is murdered. Chris has vivid fantasies of the suffering slaves on the ships and their savage revolts. How could seemingly respectable people be involved in so abhorrent a trade, and how did they avoid exposure? And what price must Chris pay to learn the painful truth and proclaim it?

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ISBN-13: 9781681143675
Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press
Publication date: 01/05/2018
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Dark Knowledge, the third novel in Clifford Browder's Metropolis series, tells how New York City was the center of the North Atlantic slave trade right up until the outbreak of the Civil War. To write it, Browder did extensive research at the New York Public Library and the library of the New York Historical Society, using primary sources whenever possible. Readers will come to know the sights and sounds and smells of the waterfront, the horrors of the slave ships and their crammed human cargo, the clever subterfuges with which those involved in the trade avoided exposure, and the violence of slave revolts. The Metropolis series includes two other historical novels, The Pleasuring of Men and Bill Hope: His Story. Browder has also published an award-winning selection of posts from his blog: "No Place for Normal: New York." He has never owned a television or a car, barely tolerates the computer (the feeling is mutual). Lately he learned the Charleston; geezers rock.

Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. She is currently teaching college English at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Previously, she taught for three years at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels (2014). She published two poetry collections Improvisational Arguments (Fomite Press, 2011) and Battle for Athens (Anaphora, 2012). She also released two historical novels: The Romances of George Sand (2014), and The Battle for Democracy (2016). She published two fantasy novellas with Grim's Labyrinth Publishing: The Great Love of Queen Margaret, the Vampire (2014) and The Campaigns against the Olden: Kingdoms of Laruta (2014). She also wrote and illustrated a children's book, The Sloths and I (Anaphora, 2013). She has been editing and writing for the independent, tri-annual Pennsylvania Literary Journal since 2009, and started the second Anaphora periodical, Cinematic Codes Review in 2016. She has presented her research at the MLA, SAMLA, EAPSU, SWWC, BWWC and many other conferences. She won the MLA Bibliography, Kentucky Historical Society and Brown University Military Collection fellowships.

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