The Binding Oath by Sybil Downing

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Sybil Downing gives us a fast-paced novel that exposes a little-known part of Colorado history. Out of the ashes of disillusionment following World War I, the Ku Klux Klan rose to new heights, its four million members spreading racial and religious hatred across the nation. Colorado was one of the Klan's strongest enclaves, and Downing perfectly captures the subtle, clandestine terror inspired by its tactics of intimidation and violence as well as the power of the fear felt by the people it menaced. Downing creates in Liz O'Brien an adroit and tenacious sleuth who, with the help of her family's former maid Greta Kuhlmann and airmail pilot Frank Capillupo, unravels a treacherous plot to undermine freedom and cover up bootlegging, blackmail, and murder. Suspenseful and filled with meticulously researched historical detail, "The Binding Oath" is a thrilling tale of mystery and intrigue.

About Sybil Downing

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downing is 4th generation coloradan & co-founder of women writing the west. she also serves on the national advisory committee for the women of the west museum.
Published February 1, 2001 by University Press of Colorado. 200 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Her heroine, Liz O'Brien, a reporter condemned to writing up garden parties on the male-dominated 1922 Denver Post, fills in for an absent colleague at the press briefing at which Dr. John Locke, Grand Dragon of the Colorado KKK, announces the Klan's intentions to have Phil Van Cise, the Denver D...

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Downing (Ladies of the Goldfield Stock Exchange) does a good job of creating an independent, likable heroine: the feisty and political-minded O'Brien owns her own house and is a veteran of the women's suffrage movement.

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