In Book 3 Emily Cabot organizes the relief station for Hull House in the town of Pullman when there is a strike. As tension builds and the strike spreads to the American Railway Union, she sees George Pullman pitted against Eugene V. Debbs. Was the young Irishman found hanging in the brickyards condemned as a traitor, or is there some deeper conspiracy behind it? Seeking the truth leads Emily into the dark heart of the labor strife that boils over in the city of Chicago in the summer of 1894.
Praise for Death at Pullman
“Set just one year after the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, this novel still wears vestiges of Devil in the White City, in its historical richness and the fact of a mysterious murder central to its plot. . . It unfolds with equal portions of naïveté and sophistication—just the right mix for revisiting an historical moment made all the more poignant by our own present recession . . . A little romance [and] a lot of labor history are artfully combined in McNamara’s third Emily Cabot tale. Creating a believable mix of historical and fictional characters. . . is another of the author’s prime strengths as a writer . . . McNamara clearly knows, and loves, her setting. Perhaps most impressive is the way the young, single Miss Cabot navigates the dangers of her terrain with a sense of belonging and purpose, steadfastly pursuing her mission of helping to bring justice to those the system shuns.” —Julie Eakin, ForeWord Reviews
“McNamara’s suspenseful third Emily Cabot mystery (after 2009’s Death at Hull House) convincingly recreates a pivotal moment in American labor history. . . Besides plausibly depicting such historical figures as Eugene Debs and Nellie Bly, McNamara throws in some surprising twists at the end. Laurie King and Rhys Bowen fans will be delighted.” —Publishers Weekly
“Death at Pullman is a suspenseful re-creation of a critical moment in American social history, as seen from the viewpoint of a strong-willed, engaging fictional heroine.” —www.readingthepast.blogspot.com