The Ironclad Alibi by Michael Kilian
(Harrison Raines Civil War Mysteries, Book 3)

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Union secret agent Harrison Raines is sent into the heart of the Confederacy to obtain information about "The Monster"-the hulking remains of the ironclad ship Merrimack, which is being restored. But before he can complete his mission, he must solve the murder of his first love, and clear his best friend of the crime.

Praise for the series:

"Both Civil War and mystery fans will appreciate Kilian's grasp of the genres of historical fiction and mystery." (Booklist)

"Kilian blends fiction and history, using real people to establish a believable context and create an absorbing period piece." (San Antonio Express-News)

"Kilian offers clues for anyone wishing to guess the identity of the murderer, but also indulges in a case of misdirection that might nag at a genuine mystery buff for months. Picaresque adventure." (Publishers Weekly)

"An engaging character." (The Denver Post)

About Michael Kilian

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Michael Kilian is a Washington columnist and correspondent for the "Chicago Tribune" and the author of numerous books, including the "Harrison Raines Civil War" mysteries. His family includes early settlers of Virginia and New York, and Union soldiers who died at Fredericksburg and fought at Gettysburg on Little Round Top.
Published January 8, 2002 by Berkley Hardcover. 320 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Their second meeting is even more awkward: Harry returns from dinner with Davis and General Lee to find Arabella’s naked corpse hanging from his chandelier and his servant Caesar Augustus, the boyhood companion freed from slavery who’s accompanied him on his dangerous mission, about to be whisked...

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When she's later found naked, hanged in his room, Harry's friend Caesar Augustus, formerly his slave and now his associate in the spy business, is arrested for the murder.

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