Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance by Larry Millett
(Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage)

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The numerous followers of Larry Millett's extraordinary Sherlockian series will be thrilled to find Holmes's American consort, Irish saloonkeeper Shadwell Rafferty, taking his first crack at a case that looks like it might send a whole city government tumbling. Rafferty, large hearted and massively built, has a talent for logic, dissimulation, bribery, and action that is surpassed only by his love of "the detectin' game." On the eve of President McKinley's visit in 1899 to Minneapolis, a gruesome crime draws Rafferty from St. Paul to the booming city across the river.

A young union activist has been found, strung naked from a tree outside a ruined mansion. A placard around his neck bears the ominous words the alliance has spoken. Rafferty plunges into the case with his usual gusto, but finds more questions than answers. Was the murder the work of the union-busting Citizens Alliance or wild-eyed anarchists? Was the victim linked to an empire of corruption controlled by the city's slippery mayor? And how did the young man come to possess a photograph of a prominent citizen engaged in sexual congress? As the puzzle deepens and the dangers mount, Rafferty is joined by his old friends Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Together, they make their way through a fog of deceit toward the startling truth.
 

About Larry Millett

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Larry Millett is a columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
 
Published October 15, 2001 by Viking. 322 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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The city of Minneapolis is sprucing itself up for President William McKinley's impending visit.

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In Millet's fourth, well-researched Holmes in Minnesota adventure (after 1999's Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery), flamboyant Irish saloonkeeper

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In Millet's fourth, well-researched Holmes in Minnesota adventure (after 1999's Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery), flamboyant Irish saloonkeeper

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