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Civil Blood: A Civil War Mystery
by Ann McMillan
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670899976, Hardcover)This is a book you'll have trouble putting down," said the Richmond Times-Dispatch of Ann McMillan's Dead March, the opening installment in a series that blends vivid suspense, elegant period detail, richly developed characters, and the political and cultural tensions of its time. Set against the backdrop of 1860s Richmond, Virginia, the adventures of Narcissa Powers, a well-to-do young widow-turned-war nurse, and Judah Daniel, a freed slave and herbalist, are compelling reading for Civil War buffs and lovers of historical fiction. Civil Blood, the third book, opens in the spring of 1862 as the war escalates and troops move in for battle. But in Richmond, an even greater threat looms: smallpox. As Narcissa, Judah, and their friend, the British journalist Brit Wallace, soon suspect, this is more than microbial contagion. It is a deadly crime, a plague intentionally planted on "tainted" money, and they must race to halt a killer more lethal than the cannons on the blood-soaked fields of combat.
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"As Ann McMillan's Civil Blood opens, some Richmonders pour into the streets in celebration, while others - slaves, free blacks, Union sympathizers - mourn in secret. Unknown to all of them, another disaster threatens, quieter but more effective than the Union warships: smallpox, the most contagious plague the world has ever known. Narcissa Powers, a white widow turned Confederate nurse, and Judah Daniel, a free black herbalist, joining forces against the outbreak, encounter a frightening possibility: the victims are being infected by tainted money flowing through Richmond's network of speculators and profiteers. Then the disease reaches a Union encampment, leading to accusations of germ warfare. But for Narcissa and Judah Daniel, smallpox strikes its cruelest blow against the city's most vulnerable population: its children."--BOOK JACKET.
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