Sleuth Edwin Willingham is hired as an arson investigator
in a smoldering and dazed city – half destroyed. Forces of malice
challenge him, as does the specter of a Yellow Fever epidemic.
In the midst, he becomes smitten with a charming young lady.
This historical fiction has plenty of action and adventure and even has romance, 19th century style.
Savannah is ideal for the setting of an early 19th century historical fiction novel. With its fame as a planned city, featuring squares amidst beautiful trees, outstanding architecture and the Savannah River, it is unique. Many occupants and tourists realize as such today, making tourism a prime industry, second only to the port authority operations.
In writing the novel, many historical backdrops were used to capture the customs of the times. Noticeably, the overriding influence of the tremendous cotton trade in the 19th century is reflected in the fabulous homes and churches constructed. The traumas of the great fire of 1820 and the Yellow Fever epidemic evidenced the challenges of the era.
Not to be ignored was the 1820 riverfront atmosphere, a spectacular display of commerce and mercantilism in daytime, to the reveling of a waterfront sub-culture at night, including pirates that clung to their raucous traditions.