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Publisher: William Morrow 
Release Date:  August 14, 2003
ISBN: 006051390X 
Format Reviewed: Hardcover 
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Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Historical / Civil War 
Reviewed: 2003
Reviewer: Brenda Weeaks 
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Bold Sons of Erin
A Novel of Suspense
By Owen Parry

     Major Abel Jones is looking for the body of the man who killed Union General Stone. Stone came to the coal town of Heckschersville to recruit the Irish into the Union Army. Stone was stabbed to death, but the reason is unclear. President Lincoln, giving as little information as possible, assigns Jones to the case. After being told the killer was dead and buried in the Irish cemetery, Abel decides to see for himself. Thinking the grave empty, Abel quickly discovers a surprise occupant. This complication adds even more intrigue to Abel's already complicated case.

     Heckschersville is just ten miles from Abel's home, where his wife runs a women's apparel shop. The author gives the impression that she is the only decent woman in town - in the story, in fact. The rest are harlots, poor Irish-acting, obscene and mad women. I found this interesting. Readers can expect Perry's characteristic drama in Abel's personal life as well as in his assigned case.

     It's true, the Abel Jones series is made up of complicated mysteries topped off by graphic scenes, but for me, Perry's lyrical writing style and historical knowledge is what makes it an unforgettable series.