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Book: A Good Soldier (US Grant mysteries) by Jeffrey Marks

Book: A Good Soldier (US Grant mysteries) by Jeffrey Marks

categories: Book, Gold, Confederate, Ulysses Grant, Ohio, 1865, Historical Mystery


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Author Jeffrey Marksabout this book: The book's title comes from a Shakespeare quote, "Money is a good soldier." Since the story deals with the lost Confederate gold in the aftermath of the Civil War, the quote fit perfectly. When people start dying who may know the gold's location, the remaining soldiers need to investigate the crimes.

The book took about 18 months to write. Each book in that series involves months of painstaking research on the daily life in 1865 along with the terrain of the town the story will be located in and any other possible tie-in to the book. I use US Grant as the protagonist/sleuth, so I also have to read up on any material I can find on him.

The books are set in the short period of time between the end of the war and the start of Grant's civil government service. I selected that time because the issues surrounding the war had not been legislatively handled yet, and also because Grant could still travel without the restrictions that would be placed on him later. I read an article about how someone had tried to kill Grant following the war (and he'd been a potential victim during Lincoln's assassination) by uncoupling his train car while traveling through Indiana. That story set my mind racing, and the first book in the Grant series was born (The Ambush of My Name).

The book's fans include those who like mysteries and those who are interested in the war between the states.

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