by Jack H. Bailey


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This much is true. It’s 1899. Harry Orchard is a member of the fire-breathing Western Federation of Miners. While other members labor underground to harvest the riches of the earth, Orchard is paid to kill men who are a problem for the union. He’s an interesting killer, well-liked by his peers and by the ladies.

After years of cat-and-mouse pursuit by legendary Pinkerton Charles Siringo, when he’s arrested in 1906 for the murder of Idaho’s former governor, Frank Steunenberg, he’s killed nineteen men in Idaho and Colorado. Even today, in the silver mining towns of northern Idaho, his name is spoken in whispers by those familiar with his deeds.

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ISBN-13: 9780996835602
Publisher: The Four B's
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Orchard 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Bombastic fictional story that reads as if it is true, of union busting mining companies and the dangerous, yet understandable characters who shot, blasted, and bombed their way through life. Be careful about backing your prey into a corner. Orchard by Jack H Bailey proves that violence is not the answer. The fantastic writing had me believing every word, caught up as if the story is real, and I had to keep reminding myself that this terribly sad story was fictitious. I won a paperback copy of Orchard by Jack H Bailey.
Cherylkochbooks More than 1 year ago
After reading this book I am saddened to learn of this author's death. I had never heard of this author prior. I am sad because this was a wonderful, well written novel. I am calling this a novel because that is what it deserves to be called and not a book. Harry is one of those characters that at times you love to hate. He is not much of a people person. In fact you could say he is rough around the edges. Yet I found him likable at the same time. This novel had the markings of a good western. Mr. Bailey knew how to bring life to the characters and the locations. To be honest, I liked the Colorado setting the best as I live in Colorado myself. After finishing this book I will have to check out Mr. Bailey's prior novels. I did receive a copy of this book for review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does an excellent job of shedding light on a subject and time period that is seldom talked about. Life at the turn of the nineteenth century was difficult for those involved in mine work. Harry Orchard is a well developed and multidimensional character. Even though he is a hired killer he is also well liked by some of the townspeople, some even going out of their way to help him when he is injured in a shootout. He becomes an anti hero of sorts when he tries to help Amy, a local woman, and her brother and is upset when she gets killed. The action is fast paced and easy to follow. “Orchard: A Novel” is recommended for fans of historical fiction, especially those interested in labor union history.