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The Valley of Fear in 1870's Pennsylvania...

From an amazon review:

"Part 2 (of The Valley of Fear) is a fictionalized account of the labor wars that occurred in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania in the mid-1870s. The laborers had gone on a long strike for better conditions, it was lost by the miners. There had been violence during the strike. Afterwards the mine owners sought to ruthlessly oppress the coal miners by the use of secret agents. One infiltrated the miners' secret society and reported their doings. Some believe there were others who provoked violence and the revenge that followed. This secret society was called the "Mollie Maguires" although this phrase was never used by the miners themselves. About two dozen were hanged for their murders. In 1879 Pennsylvania declared a full pardon for Jack Kehoe, "the King of the Mollies", who was sentenced to death after a farce of a trial. The president of the Reading Railroad was the Prosecutor! Government was used as a tool of business. 1876 saw the worst depression known at that time."

What I love particularly about this book is how Watson and Holmes are written as secondary characters who only show up sporadically in a supporting role. It is also eery the feeling of being narrated to without one's usual familiar voice, that of Watson.

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